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The Mystic Order of Veiled Prophets of the Enchanted Realm, whose subordinate bodies are the Grottoes, is an organization by and for Master Masons. While not connected with Masonry proper, its membership is restricted absolutely and exclusively to Master Masons in good standing. Although it is primarily an organization for good wholesome fun and frolic, it also has its serious side. Its slogan is GOOD FELLOWSHIP, and in contact with our fellowman, this principle is exemplified to a marked degree.

For some years prior to 1889, several members of Hamilton Lodge N0. 120, F.&A.M., at Hamilton, New York, sought relaxation from the sterner duties of life by holding occasional informal meetings for fun and good fellowship. The chief spirit in the fun was LeRoy Fairchild, and in the summer of 1889, he and a devoted band of followers discovered the Enchanted Realm in which, upon entering with song and laughter, they and their successors found a rich heritage. The first meeting of this organization was held on the 10th day of September, 1889. It was decided at this meeting that the membership of the organization should be confined to Master Masons in good standing.

The Enchanted Lantern

In the early days of the Grotto, members would hang a red railroad lantern in the window to indicate the location of their next meeting. This history of the lantern was not forgotten when, in 1953, the Grottoes adopted the “Enchanted Lantern” as their emblem to represent each contribution of $50 or more.


The annual sale of Enchanted Lanterns to Grotto members has become the backbone of the Humanitarian Foundation’s fund raising efforts for nearly 60 years.


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A commitment to the Fairchild Society creates smiles for more children each year.  A healthy Fairchild Society ensures the healthy growth over time of the Humanitarian Foundation and helps us our reach our goal of serving more children.
On September 10, 1889, in Hamilton, New York, LeRoy Fairchild and friends held the first meeting of an organization that would become the Grottoes of North America. It is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship, and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.
The Fairchild Society is a donor program established by Grotto members. Named for the Grottoes’ chief founder LeRoy Fairchild, the Society offers a variety of gift levels from which to choose and corresponding membership pins.