6 Hunts Neck Road, Poquoson, VA, United States

FREEMASONRY
Freemasonry is the oldest and, by far, the largest fraternal order in the world with Lodges in the United States and many other countries. It traces its roots to ancient times, but reliable records show that the first Grand Lodge was formed in England in 1717; and Lodges were formed in our country soon thereafter.

IT IS A WAY OF LIFE. We stress respect for God and country and respect for others — the Golden Rule.

IT IS A UNIVERSAL BROTHERHOOD. We reach across the great religious traditions to join together men who would otherwise remain apart. We reach across social and economic lines to attract men who work with their hands and men who work with their pens. We join the young and the not-so young, the rich and the not-so rich.

IT IS A FORCE FOR GOOD with high standards of integrity and courtesy. We fight for democratic values, for freedom of expression, and for religious toleration. We seek to unite men of good will. We care about our community and our country.

MASONRY STRESSES MORALITY. A thinking man’s environment in which the virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief of the distressed, and a search for Truth are the tenets by which every Mason is taught to live. A Mason’s word is his bond; he deals fairly and honestly with all.

MASONS ARE PATRIOTIC
Masons have fought shoulder-to-shoulder with other patriots to win our independence and time after time to preserve our precious freedoms. Masons are taught allegiance to their country and obedience to its laws. They are encouraged to discharge their civic duties and promote peace and good order in society.

MASONRY IS CHARITABLE
Masons value hard work and independence, but they are unselfish, charitable to all, and ready to assist their Brother Masons. Freemasonrysupports many charities, including homes for the aged, blood programs for the sick, and scholarships for the youth. We contribute millions of dollars per day to charities in Virginia and around the country.

MASONRY IS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
A Mason strives to be a good husband, a good father, a good son, and a good neighbor. We socialize with our Lodge brothers and conduct many events to involve the entire family. In addition to Masonic Lodges, there are various affiliated organizations –including the DeMolay for boys and young men aged 12 to 21, the Job’s Daughters and the Rainbow for Girls aged 10 to 20, and the Eastern Star for the ladies.

MASONRY HAS A PURPOSE
Our purpose is enjoying fellowship, building life-long friendships, and strengthening and improving our character. We do not compete to be better than one another; we compete to be better than we now are.


POQUOSON LODGE No.49

Q: How do I become a Freemason?
A: To become a Mason you must ask one. Freemasonry does not encourage recruiting. It has to be of a person’s own free will.

Q: Is Freemasonry a religion?
 A: No, Freemasonry is a fraternity, not a religion. It is a fraternal association dedicated to making good men better. Freemasonry respects the religious beliefs of all its members. Freemasonry has no theology and does not teach any method of salvation.


Q: Is Freemasonry a secret society or cult?
A: No, Freemasonry is an open fraternity to all who meet the qualifications. Masonic meetings are announced publicly, Masonic buildings are marked clearly and are listed in phone directories, and Masons proudly wear jewelry identifying their membership. Freemasonry is open to all men of good character who believe in God
 
Q: Where is Freemasonry Located?
A: Masonry is practiced worldwide. There are approximately 2.5 million Masons in the United States and nearly 6 million throughout the world.
 
Q: How do I become a Freemason?
A: To become a Mason you must ask one. Freemasonry does not encourage recruiting. It has to be of a person’s own free will.
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