No one knows with certainty how or when the Masonic Fraternity was formed. A widely accepted theory among Masonic scholars is that it arose from the stonemasons' guilds during the Middle Ages. The language and symbols used in the fraternity's rituals come from this era. The oldest document that makes reference to Masons is the Regius Poem, printed about 1390, which was a copy of an earlier work.
In 1717, four lodges in London formed the first Grand Lodge of England, and records from that point on are more complete. In old England, it was defined as "a system of morality, veiled in allegory, illustrated by symbols." Masonry is a course of moral instruction which uses both allegories and symbols to teach its lessons...
Stated Communication @ 7:30 pm
First Degree - 6:30 PM, candidates should arrive at 6 PM
Road to the East, Part 1 - 9:00 am, Colonial Anteroom, 10th Floor
Road to the East, Part 2 - 9:00 am, Room 1530, 15th Floor