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Our History


It all started in the fall of 1874. Nine Masonic Brothers got together, petitioned Grand Lodge for a charter and M.B. Taylor Lodge No. 141 F&AM was born. Ten years after the Civil War ended, the new lodge was constituted.

The small village of Hammonton, New Jersey, at that time, had a population of around 1,400. People traveled by train, horse and buggy, and bicycles.

The village of Hammonton was promoted in country wide newspapers as a health resort; the air being the purest in the nation. Post cards of the Hammonton Lake drew new residents.

The major industries became glass making and shoe manufacturing.

Earlier, during the Revolutionary War, cannon balls were made at nearby Weymouth and Batso.

Today, M.B. Taylor Lodge No. 141 F&AM is a jewel in the heart of Hammonton.