History

Mt. Moriah #8
1791 – Grand Lodge of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations instituted

6/25/1804 – Dispensation granted to form a lodge

10/12/1804 – First work done – 1st Worshipful Master: W. Moses Aldrich

9/30/1805 – Duly Constituted as Mount Moriah #8

Separate votes are needed for each advancement and for membership.

Fellowcraft were eligible for membership

Lodge concecration was held at the Catholic Baptist Meeting House. Discourse given by the Rev. John Pitman. Dinner was at the home of Whipple Lovell. Committee to thank Rev. Pitmann, J. Carlisle and Thomas Smith Webb.

1831 – Grand Lodge was paid $25 to defend Masonry in the State

3/1834 – Grand Lodge was again paid $25 to defend at trial the anti-masonic memorial in the General Assembly. Proposed suspending the charter of the lodge to the General Assembly.

4/1834 – Lodge charter was suspended

11/1851 – Lodge sought to reincorperate

1852 – Reaffirmed to continue meeting in this lodge and are not looking elsewhere

1853, 1854, 1855 – Sought each year to reincorporate as a lodge or as a library

4/17/1863 – Lodge was advised that hereafter all business was to be done in the Master Mason’s Degree.

5/29/1863 – Charter was illegally seized by grand lodge

6/2/1863 – Lodge adopted formal resolution of protest against grand lodge’s actions

9/1/1865 – Committee formed to procure kerosene lamps to replace candles

1/26/1866 – Mt. Moriah Corporation meeting voted that at the next regular meeting, steps to be taken to organize as a lodge.

2/7/1866 – Lodge charter restored, suspended brothers restored. Brothers who where raised during suspension were given obligations of all three degrees.

8/24/1866 – Authorized purchase of lower hall for $200

2/11/1870 – Balloting for advancement abolished

3/3/1871 – Plans made to enlarge second floor to it’s current size

6/2/1871 – Plans approved

6/30/1871 – $800 paid to enlarge second floor

6/24/1904 – Short business meeting commemorating 100 years of the lodge. A celebration was given in the rear building attended by the men of the lodge, members of Grand Lodge, and the “Shuman Wade Quartet” (also masons)

11/11/2016 –¬†Elected W. Rowan A. Gottschalk, at the age of 23, as Worshipful Master. W. Gottschalk became the youngest Worshipful Master¬†in History of Lodge, as well as the History of the State of Rhode Island.