The Stanfield Masonic Lodge in Denton will have an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 29, offering the public an opportunity to tour the lodge, meet Freemasons in their community and ask questions about the fraternity.

Freemasonry is the world’s oldest and largest men’s fraternity, according to the group. Thirteen signers of the U.S. Constitution and 14 U.S. presidents, including George Washington, Harry Truman and Gerald Ford, were Freemasons.

Texas boasts more than 80,000 Freemason members in 830 lodges. Texas heroes such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, William B. Travis, James Bowie and Davy Crockett were Masons.

Masonic origins date back to the guilds of stonemasons who built castles and cathedrals in the Middle Ages. In modern times, members do not learn a vocational trade, but the tools and objects used in operative masonry have been adapted as symbols in the ceremonies of modern Freemasonry to teach moral lessons, brotherly love and charity.

Stanfield Lodge was organized in 1858 and is located at 316 Highland St. The open house will include refreshments and information on Masonry and the history of Masons.

For more information, visit www.stanfield217.org.

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