Established 1734 - Solomon's Lodge at Savannah, Georgia is the "Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge Of Freemasons In The Western Hemisphere".
SAINTS JOHN BE WITH YOU MY BROTHER
The Holy Saints John are the antient Patron Saints of Freemasonry throughout the world. Though many Lodges have forgotten the timeless reasons for the observance; the Mother Lodge of Georgia Masonry still faithfully keeps the feasts. The High Feast Days of John the Baptist and John the Evangelist have been celebrated and perpetuated by Freemasons in Georgia for almost 300 years. The origin, sucess, destiny and fortune of the Masonic Order are bound closely with the active observance & celebration of these time honored festival days. Every year on the Sunday closest to June 21 the Brethren of Solomon's Lodge proceed through the streets of the City of Savannah, in the guise of Masons with aprons and staffs, to Christ Church (The First Church Erected in Georgia 1733) there to attend Holy Services and to celebrate the name of God and the Institution of Freemasonry. In like manner the Old Lodge at Savannah holds it Annual Meeting on the meeting night closest to the Feast of St. John the Evangelist.
For Immediate Release
February 18, 2009
500 Freemasons Observe Fete of
Nation’s Oldest-Active Masonic Lodge
SAVANNAH, GA: On Saturday, February 21, 2009 at 10:45 a.m. - 500 Freemasons from throughout North America & Europe will gather in front of the Savannah Cotton Exchange (Freemasons’ Hall) - 100 East Bay Street, Savannah, Georgia - to witness a special outdoor foundation-stone ceremonial designed to celebrate the birth of Georgia’s Oldest Institution – the 275th Anniversary of the “Oldest Continuously Operating English Constituted Lodge of Freemasons in the Western Hemisphere”. This Oldest-Active Masonic Lodge in America, now known as Solomon’s Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M. was founded by the Soldier, Statesman, Philanthropist and Freemason James Edward Oglethorpe in the British Colony of Georgia on February 21, 1734.A Masonic Medallion bearing General Oglethorpe’s Image has beenstruck to honor Savannah’s Founder.That first Masonic Lodge was legally constituted and entered upon the engraved lists of the Grand Lodge of England.The rolls of the Old Lodge at Savannah and Freemasonry in Georgia contain many members notable in the history of this City, State and Nation.
To name a few Georgia’s first Constitutional Governor John Adam Treutlen was a member of the Lodge in the 1770s, 17 of the first 27 Governors of Georgia were Freemasons, the first 43 Mayors of the City of Savannah, George Walton and Lyman Hall both of Georgia’s Signers of the Declaration of Independence; Freemason William Few was a Signer of the U.S. Constitution, Oliver Bowen the first Admiral of the American Navy, Georgia’s first Educator and school teacher James Paris, John Holbrook Estill the builder of the Savannah Morning News and many more.From this first Masonic Lodge come the 48,000 Freemasons laboring in Georgia today.Among the old-time relics of Georgia Masonry that will be displayed before the Craft are the “Oglethorpe Bible”, which was presented by James Oglethorpe to his Masonic Brethren in 1733 and the “Sunbury Gavel” made from a piece of the Great Sunbury Oak under which Oglethorpe opened the first Lodge of Freemasons in the State of Georgia.The Grand Master of All Masons in Georgia will be in attendance on this occasion.The Public is cordially invited to attend the outdoor ceremonial.