There are freemasonry lodges in most towns, and large cities usually have several.There are about 13,200 lodges in the United States.
Local organizations of Freemasony are called lodges.
Possibly, they were influenced by the Knights Templar, a group of Christian warrior monks formed in 1118 to help protect pilgrims making trips to the Holy Land.
In 1717, Freemasonry members created a formal organization in England when the first Grand Lodge was formed.
The fraternity of masons are an organization of men bound together with a philosophy of moral standards, mutual understanding and brotherhood in which all men are on a level and equal.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organisation that traces its origins to the loose organisation of medieval Stonemasonry.
Early organizational forms included “lodges,” incorporations, and craft guilds.