Freemasonry in Tampa Florida
Hillsborough Lodge No. 25 F. & A.M. is Tampa's oldest Masonic Lodge, and home to the largest membership roll in the State of Florida. Our original charter was Instituted in 1850, with original membership records of only 61 Brothers by the end of 1851. Within the last 150 years, the Lodge membership rolls grew to over 1,200 active Brothers!
Many of the Brothers and Past Masters of Hillsborough Lodge were very active in the Tampa community and leaders of this great city. Worshipful Joseph Robles led the defensive against Spanish invasion along the area we now recognize as Bayshore. Worshipful Abe Maas was a very successful entrepreneur as one of the principal owners of Maas Brothers in Downtown Tampa. Worshipful Vivian Gaither was an instrumental leader in Tampa, and now has a high school named in his honor, Gaither High School. Recently, our oldest living Past Master, Worshipful William "Shorty" Powell, Jr, pasted to the Celestial Lodge above. He was a Past Master of Hillsborough Lodge in 1959, a World War II veteran and a proud member of our Lodge.
Hillsborough Lodge continues to be a pillar of strength within the Tampa community by continuing to promote the tenets of Freemasonry instituted by our ancient Brothers. Charity, hope, and relief to our fellow man and all of humanity is what our fraternity and Freemasonry is built upon. Food and toy drives, charity events for the Masonic Medical Research Laboratory, and support of the Masonic Home of Florida are just a few of the ways we contribute to those in need. In order to continue this work, we are always ready to welcome men of leadership, great disposition, and good moral character.
Our magnificent Temple room is unlike any other in Florida. Modeled after the Temple of King Solomon, our Lodge room has a seating capacity of approximately 450 Brothers and guests. In addition to our hand painted ceiling, which measures 40ft high, we are one of the few Lodges still using authentic light tapers! We welcome all traveling Brothers to visit our Lodge and experience it for yourself.
Our Lodge is rich in history, and guided by the strength & bond of our Brothers. We invite you to browse our web site and learn about Freemasons and our Masonic Lodge. If Freemasonry appeals to you, please visit our Lodge or contact us via phone or E-mail.