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George Washington Masonic Memorial

George Washington Masonic Memorial Review

Because Alexandria, like Washington, D.C., has no really tall buildings, the spire of this memorial dominates the surroundings and is visible for miles. The building overlooks King and Duke streets, Alexandria's major east–west arteries. Reaching the memorial requires a respectable uphill climb from the King St. Metrorail and bus stations. From the ninth-floor observation deck (reached by elevator) you get a spectacular view of Alexandria and Washington, but access above the first two floors is by guided tour only. The building contains furnishings from the first Masonic lodge in Alexandria. George Washington became a Mason in 1752 in Fredericksburg, and became Charter Master of the Alexandria lodge when it was chartered in 1788, remaining active in Masonic affairs during his tenure as president, 1789–97. Parking at the Memorial is free and plentiful.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 101 Callahan Dr., Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314 | Map It
  • Phone: 703/683–2007
  • Cost: $5; $8 guided tour (includes observation deck)
  • Hours: Daily 10–4; 1-hr guided tour of building and observation deck daily at 10, 11:30, 1:30, and 3
  • Website:
  • Metro King St.
  • Location: Alexandria
Updated: 06-05-2013

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