Cookeville Lodge #266

Faith. Hope. Charity.

What is Freemasonry?

A fraternity of men dedicated to the upbuilding of moral character of its members and the preservation of personal freedom.

Is Masonry a religion?

No. Every applicant must express a belief in a Supreme Being, but no particular religion is required.

When did Masonry come to Tennessee?

Several Lodges were formed under the jurisdiction of North Carolina. The Grand Lodge of Tennessee was formed on December 27, 1813 in Knoxville.


In the United States Masons contribute over two million dollars a day to charitable purposes. These funds go to the indigent for medical care, shoes, sick room equipment, scholarships, and a wide range of other help for the needy. Many hospitals are supported. Cookeville Lodge #266 puts Charity first. We regularly hold events to better the community and give to those in need.

Masons are taught to obey the laws of the country in which they reside. In the United States, the Masons have many patriotic activities. All meetings include the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. Cookeville Lodge #266 teaches to never neglect their families or their church. Masonry comes after these obligations are fulfilled.

What notable Tennesseans have been Masons?

Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Andrew Johnson, Roy Acuff, 28 Governors, and many members of Congress.

Who were the Knights Templar?

A group formed by the Pope to protect pilgrims going to the holy land.

The Templars developed into a military group and young men took great pride in becoming a Knight. Many people in Europe gave huge sums of money in order that their son might be accepted as a Knight.

The group became wealthy and King Philip of France desired this wealth in order to carry on his war. In cooperation with the Pope he accused the Templars of heresy and on October 13, 1307 many Templars were arrested, tortured for confessions of heresy, and many died. The King confiscated their property as he had done with the Jews in 1306.

What notable people have been Masons?

Fourteen of the United States Presidents and many prominent people in business and the professions.


Jeff Jones

Junior Warden

Don Jernigan

Worshipful Master

Jeff Abbott

Senior Warden

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Contact Information

303-B SPRING ST. Cookeville, TN
(931) 526-2800

Created by Bro. Joe Wilmoth, 32° - Copyright 2014