The History of King Hiram's Lodge

Provincetown Toggle Iron
Manufactured and sold by Lodge member George Doyle in 1860

       On December 12, 1795, a dispensation was granted to form an organization known as King Hiram's Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, with a charter signed by Paul Revere, Grand Master of Masons in Massachusetts.
        The Lodge began with 22 members with John Young as their first Master.  In 1792, Young obtained a charter to form Old Colony Lodge in Hanover, Mass and was elected it's first Master.  Following his wife's death in 1793, he moved to Truro and opened a business on his family's land.  His acquaintance with shipowners Solomon Cook and Jonathan Cook resulted in the formation of King Hiram's Lodge, with the first meetings held at the home of Jonathan Cook at 292 Commercial Street.
        King Hiram's Lodge has a very rich and interesting history.  Fortunately, all of the handwritten minutes of every meeting have been carefully preserved, with resolutions which were written on the occasion of member's deaths.  These important documents, along with a large collection of other artifacts, have helped to fill in many gaps in the history of Provincetown, and to establish Provincetown's place in history as a major whaling port.
        The Lodge history is so extensive, that it would take volumes to include it all.  Following are overviews from different stages in history.  If you would like a more extensive accounting, our Lodge history book Every First Monday by Lodge historian James Theriault is available upon request.

 

The First Hundred Years
A Seafaring Heritage
Cape Cod Lifesaving Stations
1895 Centennial Celebration
The Railroad Comes to Provincetown
Provincetown, Masonry & The Civil War
The Pilgrim Monument
The "Morgan Affair"
Photo Gallery of Past Masters Updated
Lodge Tour & History of our Buildings
Pilgrim Monument Cornerstone Centennial Celebration
Videos on Freemasonry in Cape Cod

 

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