“Freedom Lodge No. 118 in Lovettsville, Virginia”
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Virginia
There are 2 upcoming outings for your family to enjoy. July 24th join us at the Frederick Keys. Tickets are $10 each. On September 10, come enjoy some great food and better fellowship at the D2 Family Picnic at Franklin Park in Purcellville. ...
Next in the Lovettsville Historical Society’s 2016 Lecture Series: “Freedom Lodge and the Birth of Freemasonry in Lovettsville” Presented by Harris McGarrah Sunday, June 12 at 2:00 pm The birth of Freemasonry in Lovettsville took place 150 years ago – just months after the end of the Civil War – when the Grand Lodge, Ancient, Free, & Accepted Masons, of Virginia, at the request of ten Master Masons, issued a dispensation on September 22, 1865 for a Masonic Lodge to be formed in Lovettsville. The new lodge was given the designation of “Freedom Lodge.” Harris McGarrah, Past Master and 27-year member of Lovettsville’s current Freedom Lodge 118, will give a presentation to the Lovettsville Historical Society on June 12, on the formation and the history of Freedom Lodge 199 – Lovettsville’s first Masonic Lodge. “It seems extraordinary that there would be enough men who would be interested and solvent enough to form a Lodge, at a time when this area was still in disarray after the conflict,” says McGarrah. Many of the names of the charter members will be familiar to anyone who has looked at history of Lovettsville and the surrounding area. Just who were these men? What was their role in the community, and their influence on it? What were they doing during the Civil War? This talk will explore who these men were, the building of the Masonic Hall in Lovettsville, and the ups and downs of Freedom Lodge 199, until...
Upcoming Items for Freedom Lodge: Jul 9 – Olive Branch & Freedom Joint Called, EA Degree 9a Jul 11 – Olive Branch Stated Dinner 7p, Lodge 8p Jul 12 – Ashburn-Sterling Stated Dinner 6:30p, Lodge 7:30p Jul 21 – Hamilton-Thompson Stated Dinner 6:30p, Lodge 7:30p Jul 24 – D2 at the Frederick Keys, 2p See the WM for tickets Jul 28-31 – Reid J Simmons Academy Waynesboro Sep 10 – D2 Family Picnic Franklin Park, Purcellville 11a Nov 9-13 Grand Lodge of Virginia...
The Grand Lodge of Virginia granted a dispensation for a Masonic Lodge to be constituted in Lovettsville on September 22, 1865. A charter was granted on December 13th of the same year and the Lodge was named Freedom No. 199. The new Lodge met on the first, third, and fifth Fridays of each month.
Built in 1869, the current lodge hall is the oldest in the Second Masonic District and is “the Southern least Lodge” in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Freedom Lodge went dark in 1890 and remained so until January 18, 1892 when it received dispensation to open under a new charter as Freedom Lodge No. 118.
Stated meetings are conducted the first Friday of each month at 8p with a dinner proceeding at 7p.
More on the Lodge history is found on the Grand Lodge of Virginia web page.
Stated Communications of Freedom Lodge are held at 8pm the first Friday of each month.
Dinner precedes the meeting beginning at 7pm.
We look forward to you joining us.
Freedom Lodge No. 118, A.F. & A. M. in Lovettsville, Virginia, is chartered under the Grand Lodge of Virginia, A.F. & A.M. and is part of Virginia Masonic District No. 2 Learn More