“Freedom Lodge No. 118 in Lovettsville, Virginia”
Ancient Free & Accepted Masons in Virginia
A strong contingent of Virginia Masons sojourned northward into Pennsylvania – not with torches in hand, but rather Masonic fellowship in mind. Brethren from Freedom 118, Ashburn-Sterling 288, Olive Branch 114, Hamilton-Thompson 37, and Herndon 264 journeyed to Pennsylvania to visit the Brethren of George Washington Lodge No. 143 in Chambersburg. George Washington Lodge is celebrating their bi-centennial this year. It was jokingly said that the last time so many Virginians were in town, they burned the place. During the summer of 1864, Confederate troops under the direction of General John McCausland moved into Chambersburg seeking retribution for Union looting and destruction of private property in the Shenandoah Valley. A demand for $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in currency was made. The citizens were unwilling to comply, so the order was given to torch the town. Some 550 buildings went up in flames, but not the entire town. The Masonic Temple was spared when an Confederate Officer who was also a Mason posted guards to prevent its burning. McCausland’s raid would be the last time that Confederate forces entered Pennsylvania during the Civil War. But, the tone and demeanor of this incursion would set the tone for the final months of the war. General Philip Sheridan pushed into the Shenandoah Valley and effectively destroyed the agricultural life of the Valley’s residents by extensive burning of barns and crops. General William Sherman captured the city of Atlanta and then burned it to the ground. ...
Upcoming Items for Freedom Lodge: May 19 – Hamilton Thompson Stated Dinner 6:30p, Lodge 7:30p May 25 – D2 School of Instruction Hamilton Thompson 7:30p Jun 3 – Freedom Stated Dinner 7p, Lodge 8p Jun 6 – Olive Branch Stated Dinner 7p, Lodge 8p Jun 11 – Blood Drive and VA CHIP Lovettsville Game Club, 8a-12p Jun 14 – Ashburn-Sterling Stated Dinner 6:30p, Lodge 7:30p Jun 16 – Hamilton-Thompson Dinner 6:30p, Lodge 7:30p Jun 25 – Master Masons Ball River Creek Country Club Sep 10 – D2 Family Picnic Franklin Park, Purcellville...
In conjunction with INOVA Blood Service, the Brethren of Freedom Lodge invite you to participate in the Blood Drive on June 11, 2016 to be held at the Lovettsville Game Club. The donation of a single pint of blood can save the lives of five people. The literal life’s blood for each of us has no synthetic substitute. Donations are perishable and must be renewed constantly to ensure an adequate supply is available to support our community in times of need. Appointments are not required to participate, but we do need to know an approximate head count so that INOVA might plan the proper resources to quickly and safely collect the maximum number of donations possible. Please send an email with your name and contact phone number to FreedomLodge118@gmail.com OR go to this DONATE link (then click on Donate Blood, and use Sponsor Code 7892) to reserve your appointment slot....
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