Speculative Masonry began in Greenwich in 1763 when Union Lodge No. 5 was organized in Stamford; its jurisdiction included Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, Rye and Bedford, NY. In 1780 the Lodge meeting place was moved from Stamford to Knapp’s Tavern in Horseneck (Greenwich.)
Acacia Lodge #85 was first opened at a Special Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Connecticut on June 25, 1857. The first meeting place was on the upper floor of Cos Cob School on the Post Road almost opposite Cross Lane. The first officers were: WM-Luke A. Lockwood; SW-Lewis Howe; JW-Daniel M Mead; Treas-Lewis A. Reed; Sec-Francis Dauchy; SD-Joseph Horne; JD-Isaac J. Lockwood; and Tyler-William White.
The Lodge received it’s official Charter from the Grand Lodge in 1858.
The Lodge had several residences throughout the Borough of Greenwich until the completion of it’s Temple on Havemeyer Road, between Mason Street and Milbank Avenue; and the Lodge held it’s first meeting there on October 15th, 1923.
That large and spacious Temple was sold in 1948, and a new Lodge was purchased in the East Port Chester section of Greenwich soon afterward: until, too, that building was sold in 1978.
In 1978 Acacia Lodge #85 began holding its meetings at the Darien Masonic Temple, 354 Post Road, Darien, CT and did so until January 2008 when Acacia Lodge #85 moved to the Byram Archibald Neighborhood Center, which is the building we had once owned until 1978, at 289 Delavan Avenue in the Byram Section of Greenwich.