Memorial Day Weekend I was travelling around the Sea Pines traffic circle on Hilton Head Island when I had an ah-ha moment. I was turning off of Pope Avenue toward the beach when I saw a sign saying “this road sponsored by the Unanimity Lodge” – well let me tell you, I have looked at that sign for years with the thought of, “what is the Unanimity Lodge”???
I know the Kiwanis, I know the Rotarians, I know the Shriners, I know the Elks, Lions, Scarecrows and Tin Men…(jk)….but never had I heard of the Unanimity Lodge. So I posted my thoughts on facebook – of course – and after a smart comment from our good friend Robert Stenhammer, I found out from another fb buddy, Terry B, that they are a group of the Free Masons. The word “lodge” is more of the people, not necessarily a place. And “Unanimity” as everyone being of one mind. The Free Masons are extremely active in South Carolina with chapters all across the state. Apparently they are super secretive and somewhat charitable.
While I can’t get a picture of the sign without holding up tons of traffic, I was able to do some research on the Free Masons (see below). Check out the sign the next time you turn onto Pope Ave – bet you’ve driven by it a million times and never noticed. =)
With Love From The Lowcountry,
Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in the world.
It is dedicated to promoting improvement in the character of its members. A Mason is taught to be a good citizen, to be of good character, & to care for those less fortunate.
Freemasonry traces its roots to the Middle Ages. It is from associations of stone masons, who built the magnificent cathedrals, castles, and monasteries of Europe that the fraternity started. These groups, eventually, began to accept members who were not actual working masons.
They adopted the term “Accepted” Masons, and Freemasonry was born.