Where the Past Is Present and the Arts Are Alive

George Washington and the Masonic Tradition


Permanent Exhibition
Town Hall/Market House

Drawing from the collection of Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge, No. 4, A.F. & A.M., the exhibit features over two dozen objects on special loan to the Museum, many with a direct connection to George Washington. Some of these pieces have been displayed before, but not since the early 1990s has the entire collection been shown as a group. A painting of Washington by renowned artist Gilbert Stuart, the Bible on which Washington took his Masonic oath and beautifully carved chairs are just a few of the objects on view. Also presented are exciting new findings into the origins of the Masonic Master’s armchair. Here is the history of Masonic Lodge No. 4, as well as one of the finest private collections of decorative arts objects owned in Fredericksburg.