Fredericksburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
The Masons of Fredericksburg Lodge #4, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, organized as a lodge in 1752. They established this cemetery in 1784 and there are now approximately 270 graves within these grounds. Most are members and family members of the original lodge, but along the wall are the reinterred remains of the American Masonic Lodge #63, which had splintered off from Lodge #4, in 1799, but which did not last as an organization beyond the Civil War.
The many graves within the sandstone walls reflect the population that was part of Fredericksburg’s early development. Burials include people who came to Fredericksburg from England, Scotland, Ireland, Switzerland, as well as from other American towns such as Boston. Numerous members of the Lodge also fought in the American Revolution. The Masons clearly helped to found a community as well as establish a nation.
Erected by Fredericksburg Economic Development and Tourism Office.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Virginia, Fredericksburg: Timeless. series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1752.
Location. 38° 18.117′ N, 77° 27.674′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of George Street and Charles Street on George Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fredericksburg VA 22401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 1833 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Clara Barton (about 300 feet away); National Bank of Fredericksburg (about 300 feet away); 1914 (about 300 feet away); 1920 (about 400 feet away); Gen. Stonewall Jackson (about 400 feet away); 401 Hanover Street (about 400 feet away); Site of Barton House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
More about this marker. The marker features portraits of four notable Masons buried in the cemetery:
Colonel Fielding Lewis established an iron forge in Fredericksburg during the American Revolution, where damaged weapons could be repaired and new ones manufactured.
A veteran of the French and Indian War, William Woodford commanded Virginia troops in Washington’s army. He fought at Great Bridge, Brandywine, and Monmouth, but was captured in Charleston in 1780. He died aboard a prison hulk in New York harbor.
Brigadier General George Wheedon was a veteran of the French and Indian War and commanded Continental troops as well as Virginia militia. His force blocked a British breakout, at Gloucester Point, during the Yorktown campaign.
Hugh Mercer soldiered in Scotland for the exiled Charles Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie). He met Washington on the Pennsylvania frontier during the French and Indian War and joined the American forces when the Revolution came. He was mortally wounded at Princeton, in 1777.
Also see . . . Fredericksburg Lodge No. 4 AF&AM Website. Welcome to Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge, Mother Lodge of George Washington and many other heroes of the American Revolution. (Submitted on May 30, 2011, by Shelby Chandler of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 21, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,269 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 9. submitted on May 30, 2011, by Shelby Chandler of Fredericksburg, Virginia.