Saint Paul Lodge in Gardner is the home of the Colonial Masons Guild, a group of Freemasons dedicated to the preservation of the values and customs of our colonial forefathers. The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month in the Shriner Room of the Masonic Building, 42 Central Street, in Gardner.
Saint Paul Lodge was chartered in 1797 by Most Worshipful Paul Revere, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts. Our connection to him and other Freemasons who fought for our independence as a nation is the primary reason why we formed the Colonial Masons Guild.
Founded on Patriots Day 2017
On April 15, 2017, St. Paul Lodge held an Open House at the Masonic Building in Gardner. This was the first official function of the Colonial Masons Guild. Patriots’ Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.
The stirrings of these battles stemmed from a need for independence, and also from an event in 1773 known as the Boston Tea Party where colonists revolted against the high tax on tea levied by the British Government.
It was believed that a man named Samuel Adams had instigated this crime. By 1775, tensions were high concerning independence from British rule, and the tea incident – a social and economic crime – resulted in British red coats approaching Lexington in an attempt to arrest Adams and his accomplice, John Hancock.
Paul Revere, founder of Saint Paul Lodge and a hero of the Revolution, alerted the colonists and helped Adams and Hancock avoid capture. The British attacked Lexington first and forced the colonist militia back, then marched to Concord searching for supply posts, but thanks to timely warning, their supplies had already been moved to safe locations.
Preserving Colonial Masonic History
Many Freemasons took part in the fight for independence that resulted in the founding of the United States of America. The Colonial Masons Guild of Saint Paul Lodge is focused on preserving the memory of these brave men and the values they stood for. We make sure that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
To join the Colonial Masons Guild, you must be a Master Mason and a dues-paying member or affiliate member of St. Paul Lodge. There are no additional membership fees for the Guild, but you are responsible for purchasing your own colonial uniform.
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