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About Us


Freemasonry is the world’s first and largest fraternal organization. It is guided by the enduring belief that everyone has a responsibility to make the world a better place.  For 300 years, Freemasonry has enhanced and strengthened the character of individual men by providing opportunities for fellowship, charity, and the search for truth – within ourselves and the larger world.  Through Freemasonry, we make true friends, improve ourselves, and have a positive impact on our communities.


Capital City Lodge No. 499 is one of the oldest fraternities in the world, the Freemasons. We have been existing in East Sacramento/Oak Park for 100 years. Our tenets are Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. We are a group of men who see each other as brothers. We look to help each other, not just in charity but in seeking knowledge and truth. We are committed to making a positive impact on our community by providing various services and support.

The three principal tenets of  Masonry are

Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.

Our Mission

Freemasonry, Explained

Freemasonry (or Masonry, for short) is one of the world’s most historic membership organizations, a 300-year-old worldwide fraternity of like-minded people committed to bettering themselves and their communities. Masonry encompasses a series of moral teachings based on allegory and the symbolism of ancient stonemasonry. But we’re so much more than our history. We’re a way to find friendship, purpose, and connection.

At its core, Freemasonry is about:

  • True Friendship
    Many members meet their best friends through Freemasonry. That’s because Masonry offers a combination that’s hard to find anywhere else: shared traditions, shared purpose, and a shared commitment to fostering lifelong relationships.

  • Personal Development
    Ancient Freemasons focused on building structures. Today’s Masons focus on building character. We believe in strong values, and we embody them through our actions, our relationships, and our service to others.

  • Community Service
    Masons take an obligation to support those around them. Masons give back in a multitude of ways, from local charity drives to statewide efforts through the California Masonic Foundation.


California's Masonic Charities

Relief is one of our fraternity's enduring and relevant values. Through California's Masonic charities, we give back to our brothers, our families, and our communities.

The Masonic Homes of California: Through residential facilities, statewide outreach, and support for youth with mental health difficulties, the Masonic Homes provides critical, relevant services to Masonic family members throughout California.

California Masonic Foundation: Since 1969, the California Masonic Foundation has supported public schools, students, and teachers - from kindergarten to college - through meaningful educational partnerships and scholarships.

Our philanthropic causes are supported entirely by generous contributions from California Masons and our families and friends.

Learn more about Capital City Lodge No. 499

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