Welcome to the First Masonic District of Pennsylvania website. Our geographical area is Lancaster County Pennsylvania, there are nine Masonic Lodges within our area. The youngest Lodge is, Ephrata Lodge No. 665, located in Ephrata, Pa. and is approximately 103 years young. The oldest Lodge is, Lodge No. 43, located in Lancaster, Pa. and is approximately 228 years old. Masonry certainly has longevity on their side! The other Lodges in the First Masonic District are: Washington Lodge No. 156, located in Quarryville, Pa., Columbia Lodge No. 286, located in Columbia, Pa., Christiana Lodge No. 417, located in Christiana, Pa., Lamberton Lodge No. 476, located in Lancaster, Pa., Charles M. Howell Lodge No. 496, located in Millersville, Pa., Ashara-Casiphia Lodge No. 551, located in Mount Joy, Pa., and Manheim Lodge No. 587, located in Manheim, Pa.
I would like to introduce myself, Larry A. Derr, and I am the District Deputy Grand Master of the First Masonic District of Pennsylvania. I am in my fifth year of service in this capacity. The First Masonic District is blessed to have Brother Ray Greiner PM and recipient of the Right Worshipful Grand Master’s Distinguished Award, serve as the Principal of the School of Instruction. The School meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month, two times in March and October, and the School does not meet the months of June, July, and December. The School of Instruction meets at the Masonic Center of Lancaster County, is for all Master Masons and is always very well attended.
Freemasonry has thrived in Lancaster County for well over 200 years, and boasts the first District Deputy Grand Master appointed by the Pa. Grand Lodge, Brother James Buchanan.