George Washington Masonic Memorial

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

(Visited 5 Nov 16) Completed in 1932 and funded completely by Masonic contributions, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial became a National Historic Landmark in February 2016. The Memorial consists of the Memorial Hall, Masonic Lodge rooms, a chapel, and several exhibits including George Washington and Mount Vernon artifacts. Additionally, sitting high on a hill with nine stories, the observation deck offers a great view of the area where you can see for miles. You don’t have to be a Mason or even be supportive of Freemasonry to enjoy and appreciate what there is to see at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. A Hollywood note: The Memorial Theater (which I didn’t get to see) was the setting for the opening scene of “National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets” with Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight and Ed Harris.

George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The view from the front, before climbing all of the steps…
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
In the Memorial Hall. Lots of marble and a 7-ton statue of George Washington
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
There are large murals on both sides of the Memorial Hall. This one shows George Washington laying the cornerstone of the Capitol in a Masonic service
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The North Lodge on the main floor
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
There’s lots of George Washington here!
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
More George.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
and more George!
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Even more George. This is what greets you in “The Form and Function of American Freemasonry” exhibit.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
In “The Form and Function of American Freemasonry” exhibit.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
In “The Form and Function of American Freemasonry” exhibit. I didn’t realize that Jackson was a Mason.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
In “The Form and Function of American Freemasonry”exhibit. I didn’t realize that Truman was a Mason, either.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A stone from the original White House construction in 1792. When the White House received a full renovation in 1950, President Truman noticed the Masonic marks and sent one of the stones to every American Grand Lodge.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
“The Replica Lodge” is a replica of the Alexandria Lodge No. 22 as it appeared when George Washington presided.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
This chair was given to the Lodge by George Washington from furniture he had at Mount Vernon.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Bootstrap used by George Washington in the Braddock Campaign of 1755.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Field compass used by George Washington during his work as a surveyor, 1748-51.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Spurs used by George Washington
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Town House desk owned and used by George Washington
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Chair from kitchen at Mount Vernon
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
On the fourth floor of the tower is the George Washington Museum with many Washington artifacts.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
Chippendale style double desk. According to tradition, General Washington used this desk in the Philadelphia area, 1776-78.
George Washington Masonic National Memorial
This trunk carried some of George Washington’s belongings into the field during the Revolutionary War. The horseshoe is one that according to tradition, Washington’s horse threw at an encampment in Charlotte, NC.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
The Washington Family Bible
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
George Washington used this knife box when entertaining dignitaries and his officers in the field.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
On the eighth level of the tower is a small chapel which has a very midieval look
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A Knights Templar in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A knight’s suit of armor in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
One of the four stain glass windows in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
One of the four stain glass windows in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
One of the four stain glass windows in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
One of the four stain glass windows in the Chapel
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A view from the 9th floor observation deck, looking toward Alexandria.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial
A view from the 9th floor observation deck, looking toward Washington D.C.

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