welcome to freemasonry

Thank you for visiting Hartley Masonic lodge #199

Hartley Lodge is 155 Years making Good men better!

what is a masonic lodge?

A Masonic Temple or Masonic Lodge is, within Freemasonry, the room or edifice where Freemasons meet. Masonic Temple may also refer to an abstract spiritual goal and the conceptual ritualistic space of a meeting.

In order to become a Freemason, you need some basic qualifications (specific qualifications vary from one lodge to the next, but some general rules apply). But if you meet the Freemason criteria, you still have to go through a process, from petitioning to becoming a full member.


The qualifications to join a lodge vary from one jurisdiction to another, but some basic qualifications are common to all regular Masonic lodges:

  • You must believe in a Supreme Being.
  • You must be joining on your own free will.
  • You must be a man
  • And you must be free-born.

Masonry doesn’t care about your worldly wealth or social position. Both the bank’s president and the bank’s janitor can apply for membership, and they’re considered equally qualified.

You must be of lawful age. Depending on the Grand Lodge, this can be anywhere from 18 to 25.

You’ll be asked other important questions down the road, before you’re allowed to join a lodge:

  • Are you unbiased by friends and uninfluenced by any mercenary motives? Don’t apply for membership if you think you’ll be using your membership card to get out of a speeding ticket or to network for your business.

  • Do you have a favorable opinion of Freemasonry? You should have a desire for knowledge and a sincere wish to be of service to mankind. If you’re merely curious about what goes on behind locked doors, JUST GOOGLE IT 🙂

  • Do you agree to follow the rules? Nothing especially scary here. Health clubs and city parks have the same requirement.

UGLE Grand Master Duke of Kent Prince, Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick at the 300th Anniversary of Freemasonry

For eternity and immortality are with thee

“Man can not remake himself without suffering for he is both the marble and the sculptor”

Our Tools

Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem

The Gavel

Is used to teach the mason that it is an instrument  of power and that he may used it with caution as this instrument symbolizes  great good or greater evil.

the square

Is the symbol of a regulated life and actions. It is the masonic rule for correcting and harmonizing conduct on principles or morality and virtue.

the compass

The meaning of the Compass is reserved for Free & Accepted Masons ONLY! as it’s meaning can be only understood by those who have been initiated in the Masonic Order and it’s beautiful mysteries.

Freemasonry As a Science

“Masonry is the science of life in a society of men, by signs, symbols and ceremonies; having as its basis a system of morality and for its purpose the perfection and happiness of the individual and the race”

-Bro. G.F. Moore

Laws of truth and justice

“Freemasonry is founded on the immutable laws of Truth and Justice and its grand object is to promote the happiness of the human race”

-Bro. George Washington

freemasonry as a form

“More than an institution, more than a tradition, more than a society, Masonry is one of the forms of Divine life upon earth”

-Bro. Joseph Fort Newton

Bro. Hartley p.m.

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