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Location: Cornish, VT; Springfield, VT (1788); Windsor, VT (1795)

Chartered By: Joseph Webb

Charter Date: 11/08/1781

Precedence Date: 11/08/1781

Current Status: withdrawn to Grand Lodge of Vermont 1794


From history of Franklin Lodge #6, New Hampshire:

The origins of Freemasonry in the Upper Valley dates back to a November 8, 1781 petition for a lodge in “Cornish, Vermont.” The petition was granted on November 10, 1781 with the location of the lodge being Springfield, VT and the lodge being named Vermont Lodge. Many of the members came from towns as far away as Haverhill, NH to towns closer in Lebanon, Hanover and Lyme. The first meeting of the lodge was held in Charlestown, VT, it being one of the towns that had seceded from New Hampshire in 1781 causing the Vermont Controversy. Vermont Lodge continued to meet at the inn of Abel Walker in Charlestown until August 20, 1788, when the lodge moved to Springfield, VT as the charter stated.


  • Col. John Barrett, 1781-1788


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