Freemasonry - The George Washington National Memorial

 

The George Washinton Masonic Lodge

 

 

George Washington Masonic National Memorial is a Masonic Lodge and memorial dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America and a Mason.

 

George Washington belonged to Alexandria Lodge 22, and was named the lodge’s Charter Master in 1788. Records of Washington presiding over the lodge are non-existent, possibly due to a fire at the lodge’s original location in Alexandria’s City Hall, which is where the lodge met until moving to the memorial in the early 1940s. Ground was broken in 1922, the Cornerstone laid in 1923; it was completed in 1932. It is located in Alexandria, Virginia, atop Shuter’s Hill (named after a Union fort on the same location) and affords views of Alexandria and Washington, D.C., to the north. The tower is fashioned after the Lighthouse of Alexandria (Egypt), in part because of the town’s namesake, and the Masonic interest in great buildings of the ancient world. It is located where King Street leaves the Old Town district, makes a bend and starts up a long hill. The Memorial’s proximity to both the King Street station of the Metro and to Amtrak’s Alexandria passenger station, in recent decades has turned the property into a most strategic and valuable location.