The Mystery of Union Lodge No. __

   Very little is known about Union Lodge No. __ other than that it appears to have originated in the 1760s, likely having been chartered by a European Grand Lodge or one of several Provincial Grand Lodges then operating in the Colonies.  Phoenix Lodge tradition holds that this grand body was the Grand Lodge of Scotland, but no evidence exists to support that claim. 


   When Union Lodge listed in reference documents it is referred to without a Lodge number.  This is curious, as Lodges established in the Colonies by European Grand Lodges during the 1730s-1760s were normally given numbers from those Grand Lodges.  This unique characteristic of Union Lodge No. __ may point to its origin as a "Provincial" lodge, or possibly as a local Lodge established by a British military Lodge operating in the Cape Fear region.  Much more research remains to be done on the origin and history of Union Lodge.