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January 31, 2012



Hi Bob.

Thanks for the question - it's not mundane at all. Organizational structure in Freemasonry can be confusing, especially since there are so many different Masonic bodies. What you are referring to is the Grand Lodge system - which oversees the Blue/Craft/Symbolic lodges in each state. In the U.S. there is, as you indicate, one grand lodge per state, but no national-level grand lodge.

The General Grand Chapter is part of the York Rite (specifically the Royal Arch) - an appendant body of Freemasonry. While each state has a Grand Chapter overseeing local Royal Arch Chapters within the state, there is also a national-level, umbrella organization called the General Grand Chapter, which most Grand Chapters belong to. The General Grand Chapter has been around since 1797.

Today, the General Grand Chapter's offices are in Greeenfield, Indiana.

I hope that helps clear things up. Thanks for reading our blog.


Robert S. Brown

Please bear with me if my questions are too mundane as I am not a mason; but where would a General Grand Chapter have been based? I was under the impression that there was no national organization for the masonic lodges, only state Grand Lodges.


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