King Lodge No. 461 - Bristol,TN

Celebrating 150 years of masonary.

Join us on a journey through the corridors of history of King Lodge No. 461 in Bristol, TN.  This year marks our 150th anniversary of being chartered as a Masonic Lodge of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee Free & Accepted Masons. Explore this website to find out about our origins, our craft, and upcoming events.

A Journey Through 150 years of King

A digital library, offering a rich tapestry of historical documents & photos

Welcome to our Lodge website, where the echoes of the past resonate through our pages.

Dive into the rich history of our Lodge, Freemasonry, and the city of Bristol, as we unravel the forgotten tales, shed light on the unsung heroes, and explore the pivotal moments that have led us to our 150th year anniversary.

Foundations of Masonry 957 BC

Our ancient mythology informs us masonry dates back to around the time of the Building of King Solomons Temple; as the masons became experts in their craft a secret society was created to assist them with traveling and work.

Lodge in London, England founded 1717

On St John’s Day, 24 June 1717, four London Lodges, which had existed for some time, came together at the Goose and Gridiron Tavern in St Paul’s Churchyard, declared themselves a Grand Lodge and elected Anthony Sayer as their first Grand Master. This was the first Grand Lodge in the world.

Tennessee Grand Lodge of F&AM Founded Dec 27, 1813

Several lodges in TN formed under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. On Saint John’s Day, December 27, 1813, in Knoxville, the Grand Lodge of Tennessee was officially formed and is now comprised of 311 Masonic lodges.

King Lodge No. 461 Chartered 1874

King Lodge No. 461 received its charter from the Grand Lodge of Tennessee on Nov. 9, 1874, named for Rev. James King, a devout Mason, once the owner of the land where downtown Bristol is located. Dr. James A. Templeton, a highly respected citizen of Bristol, served as the first WM (1874-76)

A growing collection of articles written by our lodge members regarding our lodge and freemasonry.

Latest from our blog

East Hill Cemetery

July 15, 2024
Revolutionary War General of Militia Evan Shelby, and many who…
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Festival of St. John

July 14, 2024
The Festival of Saint John: A Celebration of Light and…
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Freemasonry and Its Relevance to the Modern Man

July 13, 2024
Freemasonry, one of the oldest and most esteemed fraternal organizations…
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James Alexander Templeton (Charter Member)

July 13, 2024
James Alexander Templeton (Charter Member & 1st worshipful Master u.D.1874…
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William Phillip Brewer (Secretary)

July 13, 2024
William Phillip Brewer, or simply “P.” as he was known…
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Discover the origins of our lodge, its founders, its charter, and the rich history of our building including a tour.

The History of King Lodge

In about 1881, Joseph R. Anderson built a three-story brick building at 410-12 Main Street (now State). It was 30 feet wide by 100 feet long. The third floor of that building was long used as home to King Lodge. As a side note of interest, this was the building where the now-famous recordings of 1927 were made.

Construction of the present building began in 1939 on a lot that was the site of the first Bristol, Tenn., jail. It was bought from Ben L. Dulaney, a prominent citizen of the town. The new building was dedicated on May 23, 1940. It now serves as home for several Masonic related groups.

In 1939, King Lodge began the construction of its current building on the site of the first jail in Bristol, Tennessee. The lot was purchased from Ben L. Dulaney, a prominent local citizen. The new building was dedicated on May 23, 1940, and has since served as the home for several Masonic-related groups, continuing the lodge’s tradition of community and fraternity.

King Lodge at night
150th Year Banner

Although most of our events are restricted to masons, we do host a great deal of events that are open to the public. Every month we host a community country breakfast buffet from 7-10 am open to the public (cost is a donation), our stated meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month, meal at 6:30 pm, open to all master masons. Those inquiring on how to become a freemason are invited to attend one of our public events or join us for the meal before our stated meeting.

Upcoming Lodge Events

Entered Apprentice Degree

Entered Apprentice Degree

Jul 23
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
You are cordially invited to attend the Entered Apprentice Degree at the Masonic Lodge, an esteemed and solemn ceremony marking the initiation of new members into the fraternity.  Brethren are encouraged to attend and support [...]
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Fellowcraft Degree

Fellowcraft Degree

Jul 25
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
You are warmly invited to join us at King Lodge for the Fellowcraft Degree, a significant and enriching ceremony advancing our members on their Masonic journey. During this event, candidates will delve deeper into the [...]
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School of Instruction

School of Instruction

Jul 29
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
School of Instruction King Lodge invites all brethren to attend our School of Instruction, hosted by Grand Lecturer Bro. Dusty Parsons, a valuable educational session designed to enhance understanding and proficiency in Masonic rituals and [...]
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Official Visit from the Worshipful Grand Lecturer

Official Visit from the Worshipful Grand Lecturer

Aug 15
7:00 pm
We are honored to announce that Worshipful Grand Lecturer, Bro. Dusty Parsons, will be making an official visit to our lodge. Event Details: Date: August 15th, 2024 Time: 7:00 PM , Meal at 6:00 pm [...]
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