When, how, and by whom was James K. Polk Masonic Lodge 759 formed?

In 1981 WB James Van Wilson, Past Master of Friendship Masonic Lodge in Charlotte, started talking with other Masons in Pineville about organizing a Masonic Lodge in Pineville. After many informal talks with individuals he started having organizational meetings, first in the old Pineville High School Agriculture Building and later at the James K. Polk Memorial Museum. The North Carolina Grand Master, Jack Honeycutt, was invited to join in one of the meetings. This started the ball rolling.


A charter establishes a direct line from an operating lodge back to the Grand Lodge of England. In short, it establishes the legitimacy of a lodge.

When did JKP receive theirs?

On Saturday, April 30, 1983, 7:30 p.m. The James K Polk Masonic Lodge No. 759 was constituted and chartered by the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina.

North Carolina Charter


Pineville’s first Masonic lodge, Pineville Masonic Lodge No. 455, received its dispensation from the Grand Lodge of North Carolina on December 8, 1892 and was chartered on January 11, 1893.


Brother Joe Griffin, Sr. is a Pineville native and the author of several books. Most notably for our Lodge is his NC Society of Historians award winning publication “My Hometown Pineville”. This book details an extensive history, along with rare photos, of Pineville as it emerged from its small town roots into a thriving metropolitan suburb. This book can be purchased for $26.95.

Please contact Brother Griffin at the number below.

Brother Joe Griffin

(704) 889-7089