Brethren of Winchester Hiram #21 Masonic Lodge would like to welcome
you to our Cyber Lodge. The purpose of this website is to inform
and educate non-masons about our organization. In 1768, our
organization was founded in
Winchester, Virginia by several men who wished to operate an
autonomous Masonic lodge there. They requested (and were granted)
a charter from the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania on October 1, 1768.
Today our lodge is under the jurisdiction of the
Grand Lodge of Virginia with whom we will celebrate our two
hundredth anniversary this year. Our lodge is currently located
at 118 South Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia (Old
Towne Mall). We currently enjoy a membership of over 250
members. The lodge consists of officers and members who share
not only a commitment to each other but also a sincere dedication to
serving the community in and around Winchester. In addition to
the Masonic lodge or “Blue Lodge”, some of us belong to other
appending bodies such as the Shrine, Scottish Rites, Eastern Star,
and the Knights Templar. If you would like
further information, please feel free to contact us and we would be
glad to answer any questions that you might have about our
organization and what we do as Freemasons.
We have listed some of the questions that non-masons have asked over
the years in the hope of shedding some light on the organization as
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Masonry
have listed some of the questions that non-masons have asked over
the years. We are good men that have a strong religious belief in
GOD. We are Not a religion, but we are religious in nature. To be
one you make ask one, applicants must be
men of good character who believe in a Supreme Architect of the
Universe (GOD). To become a Master Mason one must petition a
particular Lodge. They must have two Mason in good standing sign
their petition. The Master of the Lodge appoints a committee to
visit the applicant prior to the Lodge balloting upon his petition.
Once the petition is voted on and approved the candidate will learn
about the degrees he must pass through before becoming a Master
Mason. We welcome men of all color, race, and religion. Once
again you must believe in a single God and be of good moral
What Type Of Men May Join
We consider ourselves to be men of high moral caliber
who have a strong belief in a God. We are not a religion, but we
are religious in nature. We welcome men of all color, race, and
How Does One Become A Mason?
To be one you must ask one. Applicants must be men
of good moral character who believe in a Supreme Being and
demonstrate a desire to join the organization. There are three
steps in becoming a Master Mason which begin when an applicant
petitions a lodge. They must have two Mason in good standing sign
their petition. The Master of the Lodge appoints a committee to
visit the applicant prior to the Lodge balloting upon his petition. Once the petition is voted on and
approved, the candidate will learn about the degrees or steps that
he must pass through to becoming a Master Mason.
How Can You Tell That A Man Is A Mason?
Most Masons are men who go about their daily lives with no
hint of their affiliation except for the way they lead their lives
although many are readily recognizable locally by name, face, or
accomplishment. If you have a question as to their membership,
just ask, questions are welcome although all may not be answered.
Have Any Men Of Influence Been Masons?
George Washington and thirteen other Presidents, eight Vice
Presidents and forty-two Justices of the Supreme Court have been
Masons. Our lodge consists of lawyers, doctors, judges,
businessmen, school teachers, and too many other professions to
list. Our brothers have severed in the Revolutionary War, Civil
War, World War I and II, and today they continue to answer the call
from our Commander and Chief to serve all over the world.
What Do Masons Believe In?
We believe in our country and the principles that have made it a
great nation. We believe in each other. We believe in the truth,
and we believe in a God which is left up to each individual to
define. That God must promote peace, love, and harmony - no atheist
can be a Master Mason.
What Must A Man Commit To Be A Mason?
Each Master Mason must adhere to an obligation and guide their
actions by that obligation for the rest of their life. The
organization as a whole does not tolerate un-Masonic conduct and
will remove any members who display it.
Are The Masons?
Masons (also known as Freemasons) are the oldest and largest
fraternal organization in the world. Today, there are more than two
million Freemasons in
North America. Masons represent virtually every occupation and
profession, yet within the Fraternity, all meet as equals. Masons
enjoy varied political ideologies but hold their friendship and
brotherhood to be more important than personal beliefs. Masons come
from varied religious beliefs and creeds, yet all believe in one
Supreme Being. Many of North America's early patriots were
Freemasons. Thirteen signers of the Constitution and fourteen
Presidents of the United States, including George Washington, were
Masons. In Canada, the Father of the Confederation, Sir John A.
MacDonald, was a Mason, as were other early Canadian and American
leaders. One of the most fascinating aspects of
Freemasonry is how so many men, from so many different walks of
life, can meet together in peace, always conducting their affairs in
harmony and friendship and calling each other "Brother."
What Is Freemasonry?
Freemasonry (or Masonry) is dedicated to the
Brotherhood of Man under the
Fatherhood of God. It uses the tools and implements
of ancient architectural craftsmen symbolically in a system of
instruction designed to build character and moral values in its
members. Its singular purpose is to make good men better. Its bonds
of friendship, compassion, and brotherly love have survived even the
most divisive political, military, and religious conflicts through
the centuries. Freemasonry is a fraternity which encourages its
members to practice the faith of their personal acceptance. Masonry
teaches that each person, through self-improvement and helping
others, has an obligation to make a difference for good in the world.
Where Did Freemasonry Begin?
No one knows just how old Freemasonry is because the actual origins
have been lost in time. Most scholars believe Masonry arose from the
guilds of stonemasons who built the majestic castles and cathedrals
of the middle ages. In 1717, Masonry created a formal organization
when four Lodges in
London joined in forming England's first Grand Lodge. By 1731, when
Benjamin Franklin joined the Fraternity, there were already several
Lodges in the Colonies, and in Canada the first Lodge was
established in 1738.
Today, Masonic Lodges are found in almost every community throughout
North America, and in large cities there are usually several Lodges.
A Mason can travel to almost any country in the
world and find a Masonic Lodge where he will be welcomed as a
Who Can Qualify To Join?
Applicants must be men of good character who believe in a
Supreme Being. To become a Mason one must petition a particular
Lodge. The Master of the Lodge appoints a committee to visit the
applicant prior to the Lodge balloting upon his petition.
Questions for the