Friday, September 18, 2015

An Unusual Wash DC Area Attraction: The George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Huge statue of George Washington, first floor
Recently we went to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. We've seen it from the Washington DC beltway for the last 10 years and kept saying we wanted to go - well, we finally did and it was interesting!  So, come take a tour with us and learn about Freemasons and this pretty incredible structure that honors George Washington, and has spectacular views of northern Virginia and Washington, DC! 

WHAT IS A FREEMASON? - a member of an international order established for mutual help and fellowship, which holds elaborate secret ceremonies.

9 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT FREEMASONRY (from CBS News)
Rob and Tom at one of the exhibits
(CBS News) "Sunday Morning" looks at the rumors, fears and conspiracy theories sparked by the Freemasons' fraternal order, its secrets and rituals.
1. When meeting, Masons do not discuss religion or politics. 
2. Freemasonry is not a religion.
3. The Catholic Church condemns Freemasonry. 
4. Atheists are not welcome. 
5. Most of the Founding Fathers were NOT Freemasons. 
6. There are NO secret Masonic symbols on the U.S. dollar bill. 
7. The Shriners are Freemasons. 
8. The secret Masonic password originated as a job tool      
9. There is no hidden Masonic code on Rolling Rock beer bottles. 
 
Inside the first floor great hallway













WHAT IS THE GEORGE WASHINGTON MASONIC NATIONAL MEMORIAL? 
It is a colossal memorial and museum. It is a tourist attraction and destination; research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations. However, first and foremost, it is a memorial to honor and perpetuate the memory, character and virtues of the man who best exemplifies what Freemasons are and ought to be, Brother George Washington.

George's clock

RECENTLY - The George Washington Masonic National Memorial was  added to the United States government’s official list of National Historic Landmarks.





WHERE IS IT?

Located in Northern Virginia- just inside the Beltway!   It's located at 101 Callahan Drive · Alexandria, Virginia 22301,  Tel. 703-683-2007 ·
Tours Daily at 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Guided tours take about one hour and include rooms on the second floor and floors in the tower, including the observation deck. Tour Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. http://www.gwmemorial.org/ 

View of the Washington Monument from the top (9th) floor


View of Northern Virginia

HISTORY... MANY DECADES TO BUILD:   Charles H. Callahan, who in 1909, while Senior Warden of Alexandria-Washington Lodge, purchased several lots on Shuters Hill, which he gave to the Lodge for the site of a fire proof Lodge Hall. It was the very spot once proposed by Thomas Jefferson as the ideal site for the nation's Capitol. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on June 5, 1922. On May 12, 1932, the bicentennial year of George Washington's birth, the dedication of the Memorial took place with President Herbert Hoover participating. After World War II, work on the Memorial's interior began in earnest. By 1970, the George Washington Masonic National Memorial was completed.

















Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

Great Books by our friends

Great Books by our friends
Check out these great books (yeah, Rob's are in there, too)

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next

Podcast of Rob's 50 min. interview on Paranormal Filler Radio 7/13/14