Chartered By: X
Dispensation Date: date
Charter Date: date
Current Status: status
Meeting Date: Friday on or before the full moon.
REFERENCES IN GRAND LODGE PROCEEDINGS
VISITS BY GRAND MASTER
The records of the Grand Lodge of Rhode Island show that on June 25, 1804, a petition was received from brethren residents in the town of Smithfield, praying for a dispensation to form, open, and work a Lodge of Free and Accepted masons in the said town of Smithfield. This petition was recommended by St. John's Lodge and Mount Vernon Lodge in Providence, and on a vote being taken, it was unanimously agreed to grant the petitioners a dispensation for one year.
It was provided that the name of the organization should be “Mt. Moriah Lodge,” and that Moses Aldrich should be Worshipful Master.
In 1863, an unfortunate conflict with the authority of the Grand Lodge took place. It is sufficient to say that the Charter of Mt. Moriah Lodge was arrested, and the suspension of its Wor. Master, with other officers and members, followed. The whole matter was referred to a committee, and ultimately passed upon by the Grand Lodge, which sustained the action of the Grand master in arresting the Charter and suspending the officers and members from the rights and privileges of Freemasonry. In 1866 the Charter was restored and many of the suspended members returned to their former position of interest and allegiance. A suitable acknowledgement was made to the Grand Lodge for the error committed, and its members were restored to all the rights, benefits, and privileges of Freemasonry of which they had been deprived.
From 1866 until now, the Lodge has experienced considerable prosperity and has well and faithfully discharged the obligations devolving upon a Masonic organization. The building in which the meetings are now held, is owned by the Lodge, and acquired a large lot of land adjoining, and erected there a substantial shed. The Lodge still meets in its original building with many of its original furnishings.