Trustees

2019  Jeff St. Onge, PDDGM
2020  Charles Cooper, PM

2021  Dennis Berry, PM

2022  Chris Decker, PM

2023  Dan Goodwin, PM 

 

Responsibility of  the Trustees

The Trustees shall be elected by the Lodge. The Lodge shall then apply to the courts of the state, certify that the members named were elected by the Lodge on (date) and request their appointment by the court. Their function is to hold legal title to the property of the Lodge. They shall invest such funds which the Lodge may make available to them either by direction of the Lodge, or in the absence of such direction, to the best of their ability. At the December stated communication of the Lodge the Trustees shall make an annual report of all property and investments in their hands. Their accounts shall be audited annually by the committee appointed by the Master for that purpose.

 

 

Property of the Trustees

 

The Masonic Temple of 1816

Prior to 1816, the Masons of Fredericksburg would meet at several of the local taverns around what is now Old Towne. When the people of Fredericksburg started asking around for funding for the building of a school, local Masons raised the money and had this building erected for the children. In gratitude, the school gave the second floor to the Masons that they may hold their meetings there. With time, the school relocated and return the building to the Masons.

 

During the Civil War, the Union Army used this building for a hospital and to this day there still remain in places the bloodstains within the wooden floorboards. It was during this time that the sacking of much of the Lodge’s oldest records and artifacts were destroyed and what few that remain has told us the story of a great history.

 

 

Fredericksburg Masonic Cemetery of 1784

 

The Masonic Cemetery covers approximate one-half an acre; bought and enclosed by Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge for members and their families. This plot is strongly protected with a substantial, irregular rock fence sides and front, at the back a massive, brick wall. There are several lovely old trees such as fir, locust, mimosa and an usually lovely walnut, south side of the cemetery. Border of hollyhocks on the north side, roses trailing on the old wall in a wild, natural state, lilacs which bloom abundantly in the Spring and the delicious fragrance from the blossoms fill the resting place of these faithful Masons and their families.

 

This Lodge established what may be America's oldest Masonic Cemetery in 1784, and maintains it to this day (with the help of the adjacent James Monroe Museum). In this hallowed ground lies -- amid Revolutionary War generals, diplomats and millionaires -- Mrs. Christiana Campbell, mistress of the famous Christiana Campbell Tavern in Williamsburg.

 

 

A few of the Historic Graves:

 

Christina Campbell (1727?-1792) :
keeper of the tavern known by her name in Williamsburg, Virginia. Grave No. 2

 

Benjamin Day (1752-1821) :
a Major in the Revolution and a Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Virginia. Grave No. 4


Bazil Gordon (1768-1847) :
a leading businessman of Scottish borth. Grave no. 148 (obelisk)

 

John Julian (1749-1785) :
a surgeon and veteran of the Virginia Continental Line. Medical partner with General Hugh Mercer

 

Robert Lewis (1769-1829) :
aide to Feilding and Betty Washington Lewis of Kenmore, private secretary of this uncle, President Washington, Grave No. 77.

 

Lewis Littlepage (1762-1802) :
aide to John Jay when Jay was Minister to Spain and confidential secretary to Stanislaus Augustus, King of Poland. Grave No. 183

 

John Minor (1761-1816) :
soldier in the Revolution, General in the War of 1812. Grave no. 55 (raised Gothic tomb)

 

George Rowe (1793-1866) :
businessman and Minister of Salem Church and the African Baptist Church (later know as Shiloh Old Site). Grave No. 124

 

Delia Forbes Smith (1780-1841) :
whose descendants included Consuelo Vanderbilt, Duchess of Marlborough. Grave No. 64

 

Gustavus Brown Wallace (1751-1802) :
Revolutionary War Colonel (brevetted Brigadier General during the war). Owner of the Rising Sun Tavern).

 

George Weedon (1734-1793) :
Revolutionary War General who at Gloucester Point blocked Cornwallis' only means of escape at Yorktown. Grave No. 184

 

Charles Yates (1727-1809):
merchant and political leader. Grave No. 5

 

Also buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Fredericksburg are members of other family names of the Fredericksburg area including Berry, Carmichael, Carter, Chew, Day, Ellis, French Gale, Goolrick, Gordon, Gravatt, Green, Grinnan, Henderson, Johnson, Jones, Knox, Legg, Lewis, Littlepage, Lomax, Maury, Minor, Patton, Sands, Sheperd, Smith, Wellford, White and many others.

 

 

 

 

803 Princess Anne Street  .  Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401  .  540.373.5885