OXFORD – June 16, the Oxford Lodge No. 175 F. & A.M. celebrated their landmark anniversary of one and a half centuries in grand style! This community service fraternity has not only survived, but they are thriving. Masonic Lodge members came from all over New York State to dine and celebrate with them in the United Church of Oxford (UCO) Main Street Chapel Building, where the Lodge has been meeting since 1985. The United Brass Quartet played, and a traditional Rededication Service was held with ancient rituals marking the historic, auspicious event. The history of the formation of the Oxford Lodge and their meeting places is a trip down Oxford’s annals.
The Oxford Masonic Lodge was organized under dispensation on December 11, 1861 and chartered on June 14, 1862. In the beginning, they were the Oxford Lodge No. 235 F. & A.M. In March 1815 to May 1817, they met in the furnished room of Eben Enos. From then to nearly the end of 1823, they met in the long room of Joseph Phillips. From that same month until May of 1831 they met in the Clarke Building, but later that year they disbanded.