Free & Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania

George Washington Lodge has been meeting in the same Lodge since 1860, and in 1864, Chambersburg was burned by Confederate soldiers, yet the Masonic Lodge was spared.

Our Honorable Fraternity

The Grand Lodge received a petition to warrant a Masonic Lodge in Chambersburg on March 4, 1799. More than a year later Lodge #79 was formed with General James Chambers, son of the founder, as Warrant Master. After 54 meetings in five years, Lodge #79 faded into oblivion. The Grand Lodge granted a warrant to constitute George Washington Lodge in 1815.

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Who Can Join?

To qualify for membership, a petitioner must be male, at least 18 years of age, one who believes in the existence of a Supreme Being, of good moral character, motivated to join for reasons unrelated to personal gain or profit, prompted by a favorable opinion of Freemasonry, desirous of earning knowledge and willing to conform to the customs of the fraternity.