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Masonic Lodges of Beaufort County, N.C.
Courtesy of : The Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of North Carolina

In a time when travel was by horseback and sailing ship, Masonry spread with amazing speed. By 1731, when Benjamin Franklin joined the fraternity, there were already several lodges in colonies, and Masonry spread rapidly as America expanded west. In addition to Franklin, many of the Founding Fathers - men such as George Washington, Paul Revere, Joseph Warren and John Hancock - were Masons. Masons and Masonry played an important part in the Revolutionary war and an even more important part in the Constitutional Convention and the debates surrounding the ratification of the Bill of Rights. Many of those were held in Masonic lodges.

No. Name Location Dispensation Chartered Disposition
15 Washington Washington ---------- June 24, 1789 .Surrendered 1833.  Extinct.
104* Orr Washington ---------- Dec. 30, 1838 .Ceased work 1885. Restored 1887.  Active.
300* Aurora Aurora Dec. 6, 1867 Dec. 8, 1869 .Originally "Pamlico" No. 300. Ceased work in .1877. Restored 1882. Surrendered 1902. .Restored 1906. "Aurora" No. 662 given No. 300 .in 1927.  Active.
509* Belhaven Belhaven Aug. 7, 1901 Jan. 15, 1902 .Record Unbroken. Active.
638 Richland Aurora Feb. 26, 1918 Jan. 22, 1919 .Consolidated with No. 300 in 1942. Extinct.
662 Aurora Aurora Aug. 7, 1905 Jan. 21, 1925 .Changed to No. 300 in 1927. Extinct.
675* Washington Washington Oct. 2, 1944 Nov. 7, 1945 .Record Unbroken. Active.

* Denotes Active North Carolina Lodge

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