ABOUT THE GRAND
LODGE OF VIRGINIA
is the world's oldest and largest fraternal organization.
It is open to
men of 18 years old or older of any color, any religion,
nationality or social standing, the only requirement is a belief
in a Supreme Being. Its body of knowledge and system of ethics
is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to
improve himself while being devoted to his family, faith,
country, and fraternity.
(often simplified to “Masonry”) enhances and strengthens the
character of the individual man by providing opportunities for
fellowship, charity, education, and leadership based on the
three ancient Masonic tenets: Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.
Lodge of Virginia was established in 1778 when nine lodges
banded together to form what is known today as the Grand Lodge Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons of Virginia. It is not known how long these
Lodges had been functioning prior to 1778; however, we do know
that those Lodges were chartered by the Grand Lodges of
To find more information in regards to the history of the Grand
Virginia click on
History of Virginia Masonry
Today, there are more than 42,000 Virginia Masons in over 300
Lodges around the Commonwealth. You can find more about our
Lodges in different locations at the
Masonic Lodge meetings and learning from your fellow Masons,
you’ll strengthen the bonds of fellowship as you join together
with like-minded men who share ideals of both a moral and
metaphysical nature. You’ll enjoy the friendship of other
Masons in the community, and you’ll be welcomed as a “Brother”
by Masons everywhere in the world. Freemasonry also promises
that should you ever be overtaken by misfortune, sickness, or
adversity through no fault of your own, the hands of our great
Fraternity will be stretched forth to aid and assist you.
the aged through the
Home of Virginia for elderly Virginia Masons, their
wives and widows.
the sick through
held each year.
We help to
protect the children through free Child Identification Programs.
We help to
educate the children by providing scholarships each year.
United States raise more than
2.6 million dollars a day in support of many different charity
Children's Hospitals that treat, free of any
charges to the kids or parents, children for burns, orthopedics, and spinal injuries.
Knights Templar Eye Foundation that provides
free surgical eye treatment for kids.
Rite Speech and Language Centers that help
children overcome speech and hearing problems.
also actively involved in a great deal of community volunteer
work. We offer the youth a setting in which to grow and
develop into responsible and mature men and women through our
youth organizations: The International Job’s Daughters, the Order of Rainbow
for Girls and the International Order of DeMolay.
Lodge of Virginia has advocated the education of members since
its foundation years. Its ceremonies provide instruction to all
members, supplemented by various other activities such as
seminars, lectures, workshops, reading, and use of audiovisual
materials and the Internet.
offers its members leadership opportunities at the Lodge,
District, and Grand Lodge level. As Freemasons progress through
the Craft, they discover different aspects of themselves and
develop a range of skills that even they might not have known
they possessed. By developing leadership techniques that fit
their personality, Masons unlock the door to their full
We are NOT
a religion; rather we reach across the great religious
traditions to join together in peace and harmony men from all
religious backgrounds. Our purpose is enjoying fellowship,
building life-long friendships, and strengthening and improving
our character. We do not compete to be better than one another;
we compete to be better than we now are. We support each other
through good deeds, fellowship, and community events around the
is not a secret organization. Its history and philosophy have
been widely written about, its many charitable activities are
well-known, its buildings are clearly marked, and its members
proudly identify themselves as Masons with Masonic rings and
pins, and license plates that have the famous Square and Compass
uses an initiatory system of degrees to explore ethical and
philosophical issues, and the system is less effective if the
observer knows beforehand what will happen, which is why certain aspects of
its work are not generally disclosed to the public. This is
described in Masonic ritual as "a beautiful system of morality
veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols."
To Be One
You Must Ask One - We have a separate webpage that has more
information about membership into our craft. Here are some of
the basics, you must be a man of 18 years of age or older, believe in a
God, and be a man of good character. You will need two Masons to vouch
for you and sign your petition.