Skip to main content

Brother Washington, the Freemason

Freemasonry played a role throughout George Washington's life, joining the Lodge in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1752, through his death, where brothers of Alexandria Lodge performed Masonic rites at his funeral.


The origins of Freemasonry are obscure. The creation occurred over time between 1599 and 1721. The organization spread to America and played a role in the lives of many Founding Fathers. 

Learn more

Masonic Objects in the Mount Vernon Collection

Mount Vernon has a variety of fascinating objects related to George Washington and Freemasonry in our collection.

explore objects

Freemasonry in Colonial America

Mark Tabbert, Director of Collections at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association in Alexandria, VA., discuss Freemasonry in early American history.

Learn more

Masonic Associations

As Freemasonry's most celebrated brother, George Washington was invited to numerous Masonic lodges in the new republic.

Learn more

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, this impressive landmark was constructed as a memorial to George Washington. Today it is still an active Lodge and museum. 

Learn more