Science Lodge #50 and Our Community: A 200 Year Legacy

In the year 1818, Hector Kilbourne, the first Worshipful Master of Science Lodge #50 and surveyor, made the original plat (a proposed plan for a piece of land) for Sandusky. He proceeded with well-defined ideas and painstaking care in making the original survey, as well as giving names to the streets in honor of the Statesman, Warriors, and other prominent persons in the early history of this country, as is visible in the city’s original plat shown below.


Brother Kilbourne arranged Huron and Miami (now Central) Avenues to form the Masonic Compass, with Poplar and Elm Streets forming a representation of the Masonic Square. Sandusky’s unique square and compasses design is the only known occurrence of Masonic symbolism intentionally incorporated within any city in the world.

Historical Marker The land Sandusky now occupies was once home to a Wyandot village and was later settled by Americans who formed a township and small village, both named Portland, in 1816. Most of Portland Township was eventually incorporated into the fledgling city of Sandusky, established in 1818.

Paradoxically, Sandusky’s Science Lodge #50 came into existence prior to the formal establishment of the city Sandusky itself. While both were formed in 1818, Science Lodge #50 received its Charter of Dispensation to work the three degrees of Freemasonry a few months before Sandusky received its official charter from the State of Ohio.



What is Freemasonry?

Freemasonry is the oldest, largest, and most-widely recognized fraternal organization in the world. Known today as “Speculative Freemasonry”, our fraternity was originally founded in London, England in 1717. As a fraternal organization Freemasonry unites men of good character, regardless of different religious, ethnic, or social backgrounds, that share a belief in Divinity and the Brotherhood of Mankind.

The symbolic traditions of Freemasonry are based upon the building of King Solomon’s Temple and incorporate the working tools of operative masons to symbolize the development of moral virtues and truths. These moral virtues and truths are presented to our membership through an initiatic process involving the three symbolic degrees of Freemasonry.

Masonic ritual is a deeply enriching experience shared by men throughout the world, with over two million members located here in the United States. The United States has a rich Masonic history, beginning with many of the Founding Fathers, and continuing through to the present. Contact us if you are interested in becoming a part of this vibrant, ancient tradition.



For Visiting Brethren

Science Lodge #50 meets at 7:30 PM on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month. The Lodge goes dark during the summer months starting after the first Monday of June and resumes work on the 3rd Monday of September. Visiting brethren are always welcomed, so please make sure to check out our Events section for further details and upcoming events.