The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Stephen Dafoe - May 6th, 2009
In the 30 years between the start of the 20th Century and the commencement of the Great Depression, American Freemasons spared no expense in turning their dreams and goals into tangible edifices that survive to this day, testament to the high regard with which Freemasons of that era held the Masonic craft.
With a name that is nearly as long as the building is tall, The George Washington Masonic National Memorial at Alexandria, Virginia, is one such fine example of the Masonic pride that the Fraternity permanently carved upon the American landscape during those early decades of the 20th Century.
Designs Upon A Trestle Board
On February 22nd, 1910 a number of Masons from several American jurisdictions met at Alexandria, Virginia to discuss the possibility and feasibility of erecting a memorial to George Washington the Freemason. Neither the location nor the date of this meeting was by chance; for the date was the occasion of the 178th anniversary of Washington’s birth and the lodge, which sponsored the gathering, was Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22; the very Lodge of which Washington himself was the Charter Master.