On August 4, 2015 the Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewel, and National Parks Service Director, Jonathan Jarvis, announced that the George Washington Masonic National Memorial was put on the list of National Historic Landmarks. There are roughly 2500 sites in America designated as a National Landmark. To see a listing of all the National Historical Landmark sites you can visit the National Park Service website.
An interesting fact is that on the same date in 1753 (August 4, 1753) George Washington became a Master Mason, the highest rank, at the age of 21.
The Masonic Memorial was built between 1922 and 1970 on a 36 acre site. The building stands 333 feet tall and sits atop Shooter’s Hill also known as Shuter’s Hill. The Tower is fashioned after the ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria in Egypt. Construction began in 1922 with ground breaking. The building was dedicated in 1932. The interior of the tower was completed in 1970. For more detailed information on the specifics of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial and the FreeMasons you may visit the following website: George Washington Masonic National Memorial.
The Memorial is privately funded and open to the public seven days a week. Admission is $7.00 and guided tours, which include tower exhibits and the observation deck, are $10. Children 12 years of age and under are free.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial has always been one of Alexandria’s top tourist attractions. It was built as a memorial to honor and carry on the memory, character and virtues of George Washington. The building is a research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and visiting Masonic lodges and organizations.