EDITORIAL

Moon Lodge

INSIDE THE LAST MOON
LODGE IN NEW YORK STATE

On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was summoned by Dr. Joseph Warren of Boston and given the task of riding to Lexington, Massachusetts, with the news that regular troops were about to march into the countryside northwest of Boston. Thirty-two years later, Warren Lodge No. 32, named for Brother and Revolutionary War hero Joseph Warren, was chartered June 10, 1807, by DeWitt Clinton, Grand Master of Masons in New York. It meets in Rhinebeck, New York. Aside from a noteworthy connection to the American Revolution, there is another unique feature that sets Warren Lodge #32 apart in New York State: the Lodge meeting dates are on a lunar schedule. Warren Lodge opens by lantern light, setting its monthly meeting date as the Thursdays before every full moon, rather than on a set calendar day.

The first mention of Moon Lodges can be found in the Cooke Manuscript of 1410, one of the oldest documents belonging to the Masonic Craft. In the United States, Moon Lodges were first noted in colonial times around 1717 to be operating in Philadelphia, Boston, and Tennessee. During the 18th century, when brothers were required to travel to Lodge by foot, horseback, or buggy, a Full Moon assured illumination for the lonely and desolate miles. Masons at that time would travel 8-10 miles or more and were unable to make the long trip home at night and would be supplied lodging by a fellow brother, leaving after breakfast to return home the next morning.

Today, there are roughly 129 moon lodges in America, 14 of which are in Pennslyvania. Texas has the most with 19. Warren Lodge #32 is the last Moon Lodge in the State of New York.

I recently had the honor of attending a Moon Lodge and was equally proud to affiliate with Warren Lodge #32. Below are some of my photographs from the evening.

RW Steven Adam Rubin receiving an award.

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RW Steven Adam Rubin
Grand Treasurer of the Grand Lodge of the State of New York
Publisher, Craftsmen Online
Affiliate Member, Warren Lodge #32, the last Moon Lodge in New York State

RW Steven Adam Rubin