History Of Aurora Lodge

Chartered in 1801

Samuel Dunn (1747-1815)

“By virtue of a charter from the Grand Lodge of the most ancient and honorable society of Free and Accepted Masons for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, dated the eighth day of June, Anno. Domini 1801 and of Masonry 5801, constituting a lodge within the town of Leominster, under the title and designation of Aurora Lodge”

Copy of the original charter

 On June 8, 1801, Most Worshipful Samuel Dunn and the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts granted a charter to Aurora Lodge of Leominster MA.

Kendall Tavern, Leominster MA.

One month later on July 9, 1801, the first meeting of that newly constituted body was held at Kendall Tavern. The Lodge started off auspiciously with prospects of a bright future, and on September 17th of 1801, a committee was appointed to locate new quarters and moved one week later to Brother Leland’s tavern located on the spot where the Unitarian Church now stands.

The Old Leominster House, Auroras meeting location from 1803-1844

The third move was made in November of the same year when quarters were occupied at the corner of Monument Square and Pleasant Street. Regular meetings were held in this location on the second floor for 42 years until the move was made to Fitchburg.

On February 26, 1844, the subject of the removal of the Lodge to Fitchburg was discussed. On May 24, 1844, a vote was taken on that important subject. The membership at that time was 31. The secretary prior to this meeting sent a notice to every member with information pertaining to the important matter that was to be acted upon. All present brothers, with the exception of one, voted for this move to Fitchburg. The last meeting of Aurora Lodge in Leominster, Massachusetts was on December 23, 1844.

Fitchburg Saving Bank Block, Fitchburg, MA.

On March 14, 1845, Aurora Lodge moved to Fitchburg, MA. We met at several temporary sites in the city for about 26 years, including the exquisite Fitchburg Hotel on the upper common while the construction of the Fitchburg Savings Bank Block on Main Street continued to complete. On Thursday, November 23, 1871, The 3rd and 4th floors of this new building which specifically built for Masonic use was active with brethren from all over. The Fraternity held meetings in the Bank Building for 92 years.

1951 Banquet photo at the 150th anniversary event of Aurora. More than 500 persons attending its special programs at the Fitchburg armory.
Fitchburg Masonic Building

Planning for new quarters began officially on September 15, 1954.
The Groundbreaking ceremony took place on April 26, 1964
On September 12, 1964, the cornerstone was laid.
The dedication of the new building took place on Wednesday, December 16, 1964, at 5:05 P.M.
For 56 Years now, we have been utilizing the Masonic building.

Oldest fraternal & charitable organization in Central Massachusetts

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