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Article written by: Mike Fox, Owner of Fox Jewelry, located in Sioux City, IA
The oldest Masonic Hall in the United States is the Richmond Randolph Lodge #19 located in none other than the capitol of the confederacy; Richmond Virginia. The cornerstone was laid in 1785 and the Lodge was chartered in 1787. The lodge is noted as the oldest continuously operating Masonic facility in the Western Hemisphere.
The building itself is a perfect cube and the lot on which it stands is a perfect square or cube itself, a symbol that all Mason’s will understand. Though fully intended to be a two story facility; when first built, the building was only one-story as funds from the lottery money used to build the structure became exhausted. Worked stopped after the first story built of brick was finished. Several years later; the second story made of wood was completed. In those days it was the custom to resort to lotteries for the purpose of raising funds for such facilities. In 1785, the Legislature of Virginia passed an act authorizing “the Society of Free Masons of the City of Richmond” to raise, under the direction of the common hall of Richmond, a sum of money not exceeding 1,500 pounds, for the purpose of erecting and completing a Free Masons’ hall.
There is probably no other Masonic building in the United States which has been visited by as many influential men throughout history. The late King Edward of England, then the Prince of Wale, was among the visitors, as was also General George Washington, General Lafayette and his son, George Washington Lafayette, all of whom were formally elected to honorary membership in Richmond-Randolph Lodge.
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