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The following is an excerpt from the Grand Lodge of Delaware A.F.& A.M.'s Bicentennial History dealing with Brandywine Lodge No. 33:

"Brandywine Lodge No. 33 is proud of its fellowship and achievements even though it is a relatively young lodge having been chartered on October 28, 1961.

Prior to World War II several Past Masters of Lafayette Lodge No. 14 had informally considered forming a new lodge North of Wilmington. The idea laid dormant until July, 1961 when Lafayette Lodge No. 14 forwarded a letter to the Grand Lodge requesting a dispensation to form a new lodge. After obtaining approval from the seven lodges in Wilmington, on September 12, 1961, a letter of dispensation for Brandywine Lodge U.D. was presented by Grand Master Charles E. Daniels to the lodge naming as Worshipful Master Charles E. Hughes, as Senior Warden Robert J. Duhadaway, and as Junior Warden William B. Fugate. None of the named officers were Past Masters but all had been certified to serve by the Grand Instructor.

In October of that same year Grand Master Harry Johnson presented the charter for Brandywine Lodge No. 33. Included the 52 charter members were affiliations of Masons from nine Delaware lodges and five from out of state lodges. Twenty additional members affiliated in the first year.

While under dispensation Brandywine Lodge was most fortunate to have obtained a suitable meeting place in the old clubhouse on the Worth Steel property near Claymont. Seven months later a devastating fire occurred. Brandywine Lodge accepted the offer of Granite Lodge No. 34 to use the Grange Hall in Talleyville. Only nine months later Brandywine Lodge found an opportunity to purchase from Phoenix Steel a church on Hickman Road. These Facilities were dedicated by Grand Master William Paulin early in 1964, but by the late 1970s the neighborhood around the property had deteriorated forcing the lodge to sell in 1979. Again Brandywine Lodge moved in with Granite Lodge, but this time at historic Lombardy Hall.

In 1983 the property on Foulk Road was purchased from the Delaware Department of Transportation on which to build a Masonic facility. Ground breaking occurred on October 4, 1987 and construction was started. Much of the construction was done by the members of the lodge and the needed financial assistance was obtained, not only from members of the lodge, but from Masons through the state. Working side by side for 18 months created deep friendships among the members and their families...

Since its chartering Brandywine Lodge has produced Masonic leaders including PGM James A. Pletz and PGM Charles H. Lengel, and its members have held several other Grand Lodge offices. Its members hae been active in other Masonic bodies, especially the York and Scottish Rite.

A History of Brandywine Lodge No. 33 was prepared by PM John Rayias (1998-99)..."

- Garland, Richard, and Harold Littleton. Grand Lodge of Delaware Ancient Free and Accepted Masons: Bicentennial 2006. 1. Authorhouse, 2006. 118-119. Print.