HISTORY of Orleans Lodge No.55:

  • 1781 – November 10:  St. Andrews Grand Lodge of Massachusetts issued a charter to John Barrett and others, for a Masonic Lodge in Springfield Vermont, which was to become Vermont Lodge No. 1.
  • Earlier in the year, on April 6, 1781, representatives from Vermont and New
    Hampshire had met in a general assembly at Windsor, Vermont, and the petition for this lodge was dated  May 11, 1781 at Cornish Vermont.
  • This original charter is still in existence, and in the possession of Vermont Lodge No. 1, which is presently in Windsor Vermont, and among the signatures on the charter is that of Paul Revere.
  • In 1821 the King David Lodge No. 55 was established in Waterbury on October
    10.
  • In 1823 the King David Charter was moved to Stowe, and then in 1824 moved
    back to Waterbury.
  • In 1849 the King David Lodge was declared extinct, and 12 years later, on January 11, 1861, Orleans Lodge No. 55 was established in Barton, Vermont

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