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Discussion Group

One of the fundamentals taught in Masonry is the value of the seven liberal arts and sciences. In support of this value, it is our practice to hold forum style discussions on a regular basis to discuss Masonic topics.

A Forum for Discussing Masonry

This group is open to all Entered Apprentice, Fellowcraft, and Master Masons. The goal of the group is to engage in active discussions and develop our understandings of the Masonic system. Past topics have ranged from symbolic discussions of Masonic topics to historical lectures, as well as sharing Masonic trivia.


Master Craftsman: Symbolic Lodge

For 2016, this group is working with a publication of the Supreme Council of the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite called Master Craftsman: Symbolic Lodge. Although this course is produced by the Scottish Rite, you do not need to be a Scottish Rite Mason to take part.
The course consists of 7 correspondence lessons; the group will work on one lesson each session. There are 3 options available to participate in the group:
  • Albert Pike`s book, Esoterika: The Symbolism of the Blue Degrees of Freemasonry
  • Arturo de Hoyos`s Scottish Rite Ritual Monitor & Guide
  • Correspondence quizzes which correspond to each section of the course.
  • After completion the participant will receive a certificate and a lapel pin.


2) Purchase the basic program from the Scottish Rite ($40); identical to option 1, but does not include a copy of Pike's "Esoterika"
3) Participate in the discussion (FREE) - come join us in fellowship and discussion. You won't have the materials to complete the quizzes, but can still learn as we explore the Master Craftsman program together. 


Meeting Times

The first meeting of this discussion group will be held on Monday March 21 at the conclusion of Knob Creek's stated meeting for March. This should allow ample time for you to select how you would like to participate and acquire the materials for the group.
Yours Fraternally,
Kevin Wilbourn
Worshipful Master
Knob Creek No 401

Stated Meeting

3rd Monday of every Month

  • Fellowship and Food 6:30 PM
  • Lodge begins promptly at 7:30 PM

Degree and Proficiency Practice Sessions

Every Thursday 6 PM


Information for Visitors

Our meetings are held the 3rd Monday of each month, year round, and on an occasional basis as lodge business requires. Special called meetings are announced here, as well as on Facebook and via our mailing list. On regular meeting nights:

  • Building opens at 6 PM
  • Dinner begins at 6:30 PM
  • Tiled (Masons only) meeting begins at or after 7:30 PM

For Visiting Masons

The Master, Wardens, and Officers of Knob Creek Lodge #401 wear dark business suits and ties. Members and visitors are encouraged to dress with reverence for the Craft and our lodge, but suits are not required.

To streamline the verification process, we request you bring an up-to-date dues card and picture ID. If visiting from a jurisdiction outside of the Grand Lodge of Texas, a courtesy advance This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is appreciated, but not required.

Become a Freemason

The Freemasons are a fraternal organization with its origins in the late 16th century and boasts approximately 5 million brothers from diverse backgrounds worldwide.

If you are interested in joining the Masonic Fraternity, please Contact Us or learn more via our Become a Freemason section.

Finding Us

We are located in the Historic Temple Masonic Center, a 110 year old purpose built Masonic Hall in the heart of downtown Temple, Texas.

Temple is located 35 miles south of Waco, Texas and 60 miles north of Austin, Texas. Interstate Highway 35 and State Highway 190 provide easy access to Temple from throughout Central Texas.

About Knob Creek Lodge

Knob Creek Masonic Lodge, No. 401 was originally chartered by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas on June 4, 1875. The lodge moved to its present location in historic downtown Temple in 1906, and has continually brought Masonic light to the Temple community throughout the past 137 years. Our lodge has 113 members and meets on the 3rd Monday of each month, year round.

Mindful of our long and rich history and tradition, Knob Creek, today, strives to provide inspiration and fellowship to our members and service to our community. We inculcate and practice mutual respect and tolerance, celebrating those principles, and values which we hold in common and courteously avoid those topics about which we may differ.
While Masonry does not recruit members, we cheerfully welcome the interest of good men who look toward the Lodge as an avenue for improvement, fellowship, knowledge, and service by becoming a member in the oldest and largest fraternity in the world.
This site includes a bit of our history, reports of our activities, introductions of our officers, and links to various resources on other websites. We are proud that our membership has and does include leaders in government, business, science, literature, and the arts whose names are well known and have improved the world. We hope their example guides us in our own journey and inspires us to be examples to each other and the world around us - a band of brothers working together...

About the Temple Masonic Center

The Temple Masonic CenterThe oldest continually occupied building in Temple, the Temple Masonic Center has been a prominent fixture on Central Avenue since 1906. Under the leadership of Knob Creek Lodge’s Building Committee, as well as members of the other organizations that share our facility, renovations are ongoing to keep this great historic site as a cornerstone of the Temple community.

While the building has been known for years by the lodge that occupied it, the Temple Masonic Center is now the home of two lodges:

  • Knob Creek Lodge #401
  • King Solomon Lodge #1427

This historic building is also the site of several other Masonic Bodies, including:

  • Temple Chapter #137, Royal Arch Masons 
  • Temple Council #199, Royal and Select Masters 
  • Vashti Chapter #32, Order of the Eastern Star
  • Tem-Bell Shrine Club 

The Checkered Pavement

The Checkered Pavement - A powerful symbol of the Entered Apprentice DegreeImprovements to the historic Temple Masonic Center have continued over the last several years. Thanks to the efforts of our brethren, our dining room has a new and improved look, attractive displays denote the history of our Craft, and our lobbies are open and inviting to the public. 

Within the Lodge Room, and central to the symbolism of the Entered Apprentice Mason degree is the checkered pavement of the ground floor of King Solomon’s Temple. Thanks to the genorisity of our donors, the checkered pavement project was recently completed with 56 individually engraved commemorative tiles in the border and 12 engraved tiles for Masonic Organizations which contributed. 

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Upcoming Events

Tue Jan 02 @ 6:30PM -
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