Vermont Lodge 116
Located on Main Street, in Vermont, IL
Astoria Masonic Lodge No. 100 & Tablegrove Masonic Lodge No. 939 have consolidated with Vermont Lodge No. 116
Vermont Masonry was first organized in 1852. Masons met in several different buildings prior to 1891, when it began construction of it's present lodge hall; which is perhaps the most elaborately decorated rural fraternal hall in the state of Illinois.
The lodge contracted with Edmond Nelson, who was then about to have his own building erected for a hardware store, to build the second and third stories in exchange for a long term lease with provisions of separate maintenance for specified areas. The arrangement continues to the present with Vermont Hardware a continuation of the original Nelson store.
Providing for the ability of the members to accommodate the total fraternal lodge concept necessitated a suite of rooms being fitted for the various lodge activities and occasional public events. The Vermont Masonic Hall was designed with a well appointed anteroom, off of which was the main lodge room to the east and a dining and social room to the west. A broad open staircase accessed the balcony above with an open railing to the dining room and a long viewing window overlooking the main lodge room. This allowed for additional viewing of certain lodge events and also funerals by the public. The east chamber remains as decorated originally -- the walls entirely panelled and the ceiling coffered in fabricated, pressed sheet metal, worked in designs that effected an interior space, reminiscent of Renaissance Italy. Metallic gilding accents the elaborate design. Original furnishings and carpeting are complete to the scene.
In 1989, the Vermont Masonic Hall was placed on the National
Registry of Historical Landmarks.
For additional information or a tour. Please call one of the officers or write to Harold McCurdy at RR1, Vermont, IL 61484 the lodge Secretary.
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|Functions of a Masonic Lodge
It is not the primary function of masonry to initiate candidates, or to enlarge its membership. Were it so, there would be no basis for our laws against proselytizing. The ordinary function of a Masonic Lodge indeed, the primary function of our Craft, is to train its members to an understanding of the truths which its ritual and its ceremonies are calculated to inculcate, to develop its members as benevolent men, to cultivate the social virtues among men, and to propagate the knowledge of the art.
The chief concern of the Lodge is with its welfare, the happiness, and
the Masonic development of its members, not with the admission of those
who seek entrance to its doors. Its success as a Masonic Lodge cannot be
gauged by the length of its
The beauty of our ritual, and the good fellowship among the members
of our Lodges cannot be conserved when the chief aim is to make Masons
and money- "For a mans life consisteth not in the abundance of things which
he possesseth"- and a Lodges
Reprinted from the Dec. 2001 issue of "Masonry in Manitoba".
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