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