Welcome

On behalf of the Master, Officers, and Members of Palo Alto Lodge #346, Free, and Accepted Masons, welcome!

For a map, click here. Dress is business casual, and visitors (including non-Masons) are always welcome.

Meetings and Information

Palo Alto Lodge meets almost every Tuesday evening at 7:00PM. Stated meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, with dinner at 6:30.

For those interested in Freemasonry, these first Tuesday of the month dinners are a great opportunity to get to know us and to have all of your questions answered. When it comes to our history, traditions, and ceremonies, we can talk about a lot more than you probably imagine, and you shouldn’t believe everything you see in the movies and on television.

If you have any questions about Freemasonry or the Palo Alto Lodge, or for additional information about becoming a Freemason, please click on the Lodge Email Link under Lodge Info.

What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is perhaps the oldest fraternity still active today, publicly organized in 1717 with the formation of the Grand Lodge of England and based upon traditions at least as old as the late 14th century. It is dedicated to the cause of helping good men become the best husbands, fathers, brothers, and citizens that they can be. It teaches and instills enduring virtues like truth, honor, integrity, charity, perseverance, service, equality, liberty, and justice. Men of good character from all races and creeds, who can express a belief in Deity and in the immortality of the soul, are welcomed through its doors. No one is asked or invited to become a Freemason. Men with interest in becoming a part of our Fraternity, with an honest and heartfelt desire to be a Mason, must come to us of their own free will. If you would like to join us in this journey, please click on the Lodge Email Link on the left to request more information on this honorable Fraternity.

George Washington joined the Masonic Lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia at the age of 20 in 1752. His Masonic membership, like the other public titles and duties he performed, was expected from a young man of his social status in colonial Virginia. During the War for Independence, General Washington attended Masonic celebration and religious observances in several states. He also supported Masonic Lodges that formed within army regiments. At his first inauguration in 1791, President Washington took his oath of office on a Bible from St. John's Lodge in New York. During his two terms, he visited Masons in North and South Carolina and presided over the cornerstone ceremony for the U.S. Capitol in 1793.