Learning more about George Washington the Mason – Part I

I go into Alexandria, Virginia every so often, and most of the time I get off the King Street Metro stop. When I walk out of entrance I always can’t help but notice the George Washington Masonic Memorial just up the street on a small hill. I’ve always wanted to check it out, but never got around to it. Isn’t it funny the historical landmarks that are closest to us we never get around to seeing.

I finally went to the George Washington Masonic Memorial last Saturday. It was perfect timing, the sun was out, low humidity and an occasional breeze. The memorial was deceptively close. You think you can just exit the Metro and walk across the street and you’re there, but that’s not the case. There’s some walking involved due to the non-pedestrian-friendly road layout.

Here’s a shot while I made my way up the driveway, notice there wasn’t a cloud in the sky:


As I approached the front of the building, it reminded me a little bit of the Lincoln Memorial:


Unlike the Lincoln Memorial, the George Washington Masonic Memorial is privately funded. You can walk around the ground floor for free but if you want to see the upper floors and the observation deck, it requires going on a guided tour for five dollars. In opinion, it’s worth it.

The main hall is great for some photo shooting. There is an impressive statue of George Washington of course at the far end of the hall:


On each side of the hall were murals depicting important events from Washington’s life:



Stay tuned. In the next post I’ll share my experience going to the upper floors and the observation deck.

Matthew Dailey

Web developer, photographer, and Photoshop user.