Old Masonic Cemetery

Old Masonic Cemetery, Fredericksburg

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Dan G
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May 2018 • Friends
I read the reviews and love the interest that so many visitors have in the cemetery. The cemetery is maintained by the members of Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge # 4 A.F. & A.M. (George Washington's Mother Lodge-where he became a mason)

As a member of this historic lodge I want to thank all that have visited. I have read reviews that speak to the disrepair of the grave stones. Please understand that as a non-profit organization we are doing our best to keep the grass cut and prune the trees as well as maintaining the grave markers and tombs

We greatly appreciate those who take the time to see our cemetery and should any visitor be compelled to make a donation for the preservation of this cemetery, grounds, and grave markers. you can do so at masoniclodge4.org. click on the store tab and then on the donate to Fredericksburg Masonic Museum Association -tax deductible!!! make sure you denote that the donation is to be used to support the cemetery!!

thanks!!!
Written May 22, 2018
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Travelhound
Fredericksburg, VA543 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
This half-acre graveyard in the heart of historic Fredericksburg is definitely worth a look. Located next door to the James Monroe Museum (also worth a visit), the land was given to the local Masonic Lodge in 1784 by James Somerville, an early mayor of Fredericksburg. Its 200+ graves include those of Bazil Gordon, America's first millionaire, Robert Lewis, nephew and private secretary to George Washington, George Weedon, general in the Revolutionary War, John Minor, general in the War of 1812, and more. My favorite tombstone was skewed at a crazy angle and nearly swallowed by an enormous oak. You'll find it to the left as you enter from Charles Street.
Written February 22, 2018
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Jeannene A
Hannacroix, NY566 contributions
Mar 2016 • Couples
We had just visited the James Monroe Museum (see separate review), and the Masonic cemetery is right next door. We went through the gate and started looking at the headstones. Masonic families are buried here, and we were reading the names and ages of the people who have dies. The cemetery is small and walled in. A lot of children's graves too. The stones are very old and hard to read, but it was something we liked to do, see if we recognized any names. We turned to go and when we got to the iron gate, it had been padlocked! It was a high brick wall, I'm 5'2", and 67. Hubby is 70, and has a bum leg. We had to find the lowest part of the wall to climb over, and we did filled with laughter about how we might have to call 911 to say we were padlocked in the Masonic cemetery! I doubt they would have believed us.
Written March 28, 2016
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349Charles25
Alexandria, VA984 contributions
Mar 2018 • Business
The location is right beside the James Monroe museum - and there is free street parking. The size is just right for a short stroll. The grounds are beautifully kept and invite one to linger.
Written March 15, 2018
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Storyteller-N03
Vero Beach, FL749 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
Located behind the James Monroe Museum. Dated from the Revolutionary and War of 1812. Not a lot of documentation but some interesting epitaphs on tombstones. Very peaceful. Many untold stories that need to be explored.
Written August 23, 2016
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richlee1975
Woodford, VA359 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
Nice place to visit when visiting Fredericksburg, close to William St. with cafe's and bars near by. Also near other historic sites ie Monroe Library and slave auction stone.
Written December 25, 2017
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Ralph S
Newport Beach, CA160 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
A very early American Masonic cemetery, this property houses some really old graves. It's a little spooky, as cemeteries tend to be, but also quite lovely in its own way.
Written December 21, 2017
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r0bape
Fredericksburg, VA68 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
This is an ancient cemetery with many old burials. The tombstones are quite interesting, and,...who knows? You might find an ancestor's grave there! I did! :)
Written July 25, 2016
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Mfclingan
Frederick, MD850 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
I have tried to come here two times during my last two visits. I would LOVE to explore this graveyard. However, both times I've been in the area the gates are closed...not just closed, chained and padlocked! I asked at the visitor center when it would be open and apparently it's only open on sunny days. I guess we can't honor our ancestors on rainy days now at this cemetery.
Written July 5, 2016
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travel7continents
Norfolk, VA1,451 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
The two wars came close together. First the Revolutionary War was fought to win the colonies freedom from England. That war ended in 1783. Then just 29 years later American went to war with England to convince them that we were serious about the independence issue. When we visited the James Monroe Museum, we noticed the Masonic Cemetery next door. We wandered in and were fascinated by how old the graves are. Did the military people have to be Masons to be buried here? I noticed one name that I think may have a school named for that man. The problem is there is no docent and little signage to answer questions. If there were more information, many more people would visit. It is so close to the Monroe Museum that it could attact many visitors with a more professional presentation. I am including photos here.
Written June 16, 2016
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