Terrapin Lodge No. 241
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Terrapin Lodge No. 241

The Birmingham Masonic Center is home to Terrapin Lodge No. 241. We are also home to meetings for community and civic organizations and schools of instruction. Our Social Hall is available for rentals and other Masonic bodies wishing to locate to our newly renovated facility. The center has provided a masonic prescence in Beltsville for over 125 years.

Birmingham Masonic Center

We currently meet every 3rd Thursday of the month, at 7:30pm, in Beltsville at the corner of Powder Mill and Edmonston Roads

Birmingham Masonic Center
10800 Edmonston Road
Beltsville,   MD   20705

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A University of Maryland Affinity Lodge

Interested in the mysteries of the age old institution of Masonry?   Wish to learn about our traditions, history, and community activity?

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“Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.”
Douglas MacArthur - General of the Army


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An Affinity Lodge

Most Masonic lodges don’t declare a particular ‘affinity’ or additional characteristic that is common among their members, aside from being men of good character who come together for the betterment of themselves and their community.

In addition to being Masons, all members of Terrapin Lodge are also a part of the University of Maryland (UMD) community — students, alumni, faculty, staff, family, etc. We continue the history of Freemasonry at UMD and incorporate the culture of our alma mater into our regular meetings and activities. Our shared connection to UMD further cements our fraternal bonds and experiences. As a lodge with ties to academia, our members wear traditional academic attire in addition to our Masonic regalia.

Beltsville Masonic Center

Currently we hold our meetings in the Beltsville Masonic Center, Beltsville, MD, as space on the university campus is not yet available.
University of Maryland has a history with freemasonry and underscores the ties we have to our alma mater. All men of similar connection to UM or its affiliated organizations are invited to join the oldest and most distinquished fraternity in the world.

Academic Attire

Given our academic affinity, Terrapin lodge takes our lodge attire a step further than most lodges. In addition to the Masonic regalia of aprons and officer jewels, Master Masons (full members) of our lodge wear ‘subfusc’ attire – dark suit, white shirt, and ties – as well as academic robes and hoods. Our jewel collars are of gold satin, representing one of the university's colors.

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