Grand Lodge of Virginia

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The Grand Lodge of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of Virginia, commonly known as "Grand Lodge of Virginia", is the oldest independent[citation needed] masonic grand lodge in the United States with 42,000 members in over 300 lodges.[1]

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The plans for its creation took root in a convention held on May 6, 1777. The grand lodge was formally constituted on October 30, 1778, with its headquarters in Williamsburg, Virginia by the union of nine chartered lodges: Norfolk, at Norfolk; Port Royal in Caroline County; Blandford at Petersburg; Fredericksburg at Fredericksburg; Saint Tammany at Hampton; Williamsburg at Williamsburg; Botetourt at Gloucester Courthouse; Cabin Point in Prince George County and Yorktown at Yorktown. Three other lodges in the colonial era chose not to participate.

The grand lodge relocated its offices to Richmond, Virginia in 1784, where it remains to this day.[2]

George Washington was invited to be the first Grand Master, but was unable to accept the honor due to his military duties in the war for American independence, and because he had never been installed as master or warden of a lodge, he did not consider it masonically legal to serve as Grand Master.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Grand Lodge of Virginia". Grand Lodge of Virginia. Retrieved 27 August 2013. 
  2. ^ “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry Part 2" by Albert Gallatin Mackey, H. L. Haywood, Google Books
  3. ^ Edmunds, Jeffrey Garth (2 November 2009). "250 Years of Freemasonry in Fredericksburg". Central Rappahannock Regional Library. Retrieved 28 December 2011. 

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