The story of the Grand Lodge of New York starts here.

Bonded in brotherhood since the very beginning.

The history of New York’s Grand Lodge dates back to 1782. It descends from the United Grand Lodge of England, where Freemasonry originated in the early 1600s. Many well-known men have passed through New York’s ranks, including household names like John Jacob Astor, Harry Houdini, and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Famous Masons from other jurisdictions include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Louis Armstrong, Winston Churchill, and John Wayne.

Defining Freemasonry through art, innovation, and humanity.


The stepping stones of our past aren’t paved with gold—but they do represent a rich history of brotherhood. Discover the artifacts of our earliest eras, dating back to 1723.