Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Along my Freedom Trail: Chinese Freemasons

Freemasonry is a truly world wide community. I found this Chinese Masonic Lodge, tucked away in a sidestreet in Chinatown.

Along my Freedom Trail: Grand Lodge of Massachusetts

This is the home of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. The impressive building on 186 Tremont Street was built already in 1898.

You can find more on the Lodge Building at the
Lodge website.

Along my Freedom trail: The Freemasons

I am a freemason, and some of the most important figures of the American Revolution were freemasons. This has been the source of many conspiracy theories where the masons has been portayed as the bad guys. Maybe with the exception of the film National Treasure, where we played the good guys, for a change.

Two dominant figures of the American revolution were masons. 1st President of the United States, George Washington and the famous Benjamin Franklin were masons, along with a great number of signers of the Declaration of Independence and of the US constitution
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A few of the most important figures in Massachusetts during the American Revolution were also freemasons. This is the case of John Hancock, one of the the signers of the Declaration of Independence and later Governor of Massachusetts. Another and the famous Boston silversmith and patriot Paul Revere were masons.

This is the seal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts, on the current Lodge Building on Tremont Street by Boston Common. The roots of this Masonic Lodge goes as far back as 1733, i.e. 40 years before the revolution, and before the first Norwegian masonic lodge, Saint John to the White Leopard, was founded in 1749.

Boston: Along the Freedom trail

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. When you walk downtown, you may see a red line along some streets, sometimes painted, sometimes marked from red bricks. This anonymous red line marks the path of the Freedom trail, a walking tour dedicated to the people and places leading up to the Boston Tea Party in 1776, the start of the American Revolution.

The Freedom trail is a must when you visit Boston, as you find some historic gems in this exciting story on your way.

I have made my own individual freedom trail here on Enjoy Food & Travel, with some well known, and other less known monuments along the way. So join me on my historic walk of my Boston.