Schedule at a Glance:

February 17:
  • Welcome Reception
  • AW22 Welcome Communication
February 18:
  • AW22 Master Mason Degree
February 19:
  • Wreath Laying at MW Callahan’s Grave
February 20:
  • The George Washington Birthday Parade to the Memorial Register Here
  • Cornerstone Re-Enactment Ceremony
February 22:
  • Wreath Laying at the Grave of George Washington at Mount Vernon
  • GWMNM Gala

Alexandria, Virginia

Minutes away from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is rich in history and one of the most preserved historic districts in the United States. Consistently named one of the best small cities to visit, Alexandria boasts a wide array of shops, restaurants and historical attractions.

Visit Alexandria

History

In 1893, Alexandria – Washington Lodge, No. 22, having faced two devastating fires, began discussions to build a fireproof lodge hall to protect the items of Illustrious Brother George Washington’s with which it had been entrusted. That same year, at the Chicago Columbian Exposition, 33 Grand Lodges hosted a Masonic Congress that would evolve into the Conference of Grand Masters. Three decades later, these fraternal thoughts converged in the laying of a cornerstone; a jewel of the Golden Age of Masonic Architecture; a beacon of Masonic Light extolling the life and legacy of our world renown brother.

February 22, 1910, the committee formulating the George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association wrote, “Whereas, it has been aptly said that ‘Until time shall be no more, will be a test of progress, which our race has made in wisdom and virtue, be deprived from the veneration paid to the immortal name of Washington,’ now therefore be it, resolved, first that we approve and endorse the proposed erection of a Mason Temple as a memorial to George Washington under the auspices of Alexandria – Washington Lodge, No. 22 AF&AM of Alexandria, Virginia.

“That we pledge our earnest support to this commendable undertaking and that all Grand Masters are earnestly requested to call the same to the attention of the lodges within their several jurisdictions, and urge them hearty cooperation and assistance.”

Twelve years would pass after the adoption of that resolution, but not even World War could prevent the Masons of North America from raising funds to erect a temple to Washington’s memory. Ground was broken in 1922 and the cornerstone laying ceremony in 1923 included all ranks of society—the President of the United States, the Supreme Court, celebrities and dignitaries from across the hemisphere, and most importantly, thousands of Freemasons, dedicate to this worthy cause.

Transportation:

AIRPORTS

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

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Located closest to the Memorial, this airport has a Metrorail station which is about a 12 minute ride to the King St. Station. It is a 15 minute taxi ride to the Memorial.

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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Located about 30 miles from the Memorial, this airport has a Metrorail station. Travel times vary based on traffic from 30 minutes to more than an hour.

Baltimore/Washington International
Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

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Located about 40 miles from the conference hotel, this airport has train access to Washington. Drive times are greater than one hour. No conference shuttle service to this airport.

RAIL STATIONS

Two Amtrak stations service the area. Union Station, Washington, D.C., and Alexandria Station, across the street from the George Washington Masonic National Memorial, both have direct access to Metrorail.

  • Union Station Washington, DC (WAS)
  • Alexandria Amtrak/VRE Station (ALX)

WMATA Metro

For helpful information on navigating the Metro system, please visit here.