A Brief History
Manatee Lodge No. 31 is located at
402 15th Street East in Bradenton, Florida. The cornerstone of the Lodge
building was laid in 1950. However, the history of the Lodge spans some 144
years in our community.
Manatee Lodge No. 31 was chartered on January 14, 1853, and its
first meeting was held on the third floor of Brother Josiah Gates' home, the
first settler in Manatee County.
The first Worshipful Master was
Franklin Branch who was the first medical doctor in Manatee. The first Senior
Warden was Joseph Braden (if his name sounds familiar, it's because our town
was named after him.) The first Junior Warden was Robert Gamble, who served
as an officer in the second Seminole Indian War. Brother Gamble is probably
most known for his southern mansion located in Ellenton, Florida, and is one of
Manatee County's most prized historical landmarks.
are enrolled in Manatee No. 31 some 400 members. The Stated meetings of the
Lodge are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. The
remaining Mondays are either degree work or degree practice.
visiting Manatee County are always welcome and are encouraged to attend all
functions of the Lodge.
For more information on Manatee Lodge No.
31, feel free to call John Collins, Past Master and Secretary, at (941)