DC Freemason is a history blog that features stories about prominent masons, places, and events around the District of Columbia.
Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that traces its origins to early English and Scottish stone guilds. Early masons met in lodges to conduct business and initiate new members. Membership is open to all men, regardless race, religion, or sexual orientation.
In 1789, several prominent Georgetown merchants assembled to form the District's first masonic lodge, now known as Potomac Lodge No. 5. As the District grew, so did interest in Freemasonry. Many of the District's most prominent figures were Freemasons and publicly supported the organization and its principles. The society functioned like other social organizations, introducing members and performing public ceremonies.
Dedication of the Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. 1932.
Library of Congress