Moon Lodges

Moon Lodge or Lunar Lodge

In the early days in this country many lodges met on or after the full moon, or on or before the full moon. Transportation was poor; roads were rough and difficult; getting to and from home to lodge was often a problem. Having the light of the moon made such journeys safer and easier. Many old lodges refused to change their dates of meeting even when the necessity for lunar meeting times had passed. Many Grand Lodges have legislated the Moon Lodge out of existence by insisting that their lodges meet upon definite dates, and others of the old moon lodges are gradually giving up that distinction in favor of the more practical settled date. Only a few hundred moon lodges still exist in this country.