18th Century Minute Books from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina Added to DigitalNC


Title page from St, John’s Lodge Minute Book No. 3, page 2

New materials from The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Mason of North Carolina are now available on DigitalNC!

These items are artifacts from St. John’s Lodge No. 3, located in New Bern, NC. This lodge is third oldest in North Carolina and still meets in their historic building in the downtown area of New Bern. The minute books, dating as early 1772, document the Lodge’s happenings and meetings. Each of the minute books contain the handwritten notes of the Lodge secretary and include the names of members and visitors. These primary documents could serve as an excellent resource for those interested in studying freemasonry in North Carolina as well as those interested in genealogy of the area.

One of the most unique instances in the minute books is documentation of the funerals of members. The authors drew images of the caskets and documented the pall bearers, carriers, and others who participated in the final rights of deceased brothers.


St, John’s Lodge Minute Book No. 2, page 14


You can see all of the newest additions at the links below:

To see all of the items please visit the Grand Lodge contributor page. To learn more about St. John’s Lodge No. 3, please visit the website.

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