St. 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.
To join the Colonial Masons Guild, please use the form on our Contact Page to send us notice of your interest. You must be a Master Mason and a member or affiliate member of St. Paul Lodge. Affiliation fee is $100 per year. There are no additional membership fees for the Guild, but you are responsible for purchasing your own colonial uniform.
Patriots Day Open-House
On April 15, 2017, St. Paul Lodge will be holding an Open House at the Masonic Building in Gardner. If you’d like to learn more about the Colonial Masons Guild, please attend. 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. Colonists, many apparently in Mohawk disguise, crept aboard three trade ships in Boston Harbor and threw 342 tea chests into the water.
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 – and the British red coats approached Lexington in an attempt to arrest Adams and a man named John Hancock who was also working towards ending British rule in the colonies.
Paul Revere, founder of St. Paul Lodge and a hero in the revolution, alerted the colonists and this 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. The patriots had been warned well in advance and had moved their supplies to safe locations.