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Welcome to the Lovettsville Historical Society Official Website.
We are committed to preserving and promoting the history and heritage of the Town of Lovettsville and the surrounding area known as "The German Settlement". Displayed are various artifacts, photographs, documentation, household articles, tools, genealogy and other historical information pertaining to the local history within the Lovettsville Museum. Plan your next outing to visit the museum, attend our monthly events and lectures or arrange a group tour. The Lovettsville Historical Society offers research resources and assistance.


Next in the 2016 Lecture Series

Freedom Lodge and the Birth of Freemasonry in Lovettsville

Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM


The birth of Freemasonry in Lovettsville took place 150 years ago – just months after the end of the Civil War – when the Grand Lodge, Ancient, Free, & Accepted Masons, of Virginia, at the request of ten Master Masons, issued a dispensation on September 22, 1865 for a Masonic Lodge to be formed in Lovettsville. The new lodge was given the designation of “Freedom Lodge.”

Harris McGarrah, Past Master and 27-year member of Lovettsville's current Freedom Lodge 118, will give a presentation to the Lovettsville Historical Society on June 12, on the formation and the history of Freedom Lodge 199 – Lovettsville's first Masonic Lodge.

“It seems extraordinary that there would be enough men who would be interested and solvent enough to form a Lodge, at a time when this area was still in disarray after the conflict,” says McGarrah. Many of the names of the charter members will be familiar to anyone who has looked at history of Lovettsville and the surrounding area. Just who were these men? What was their role in the community, and their influence on it? What were they doing during the Civil War? This talk will explore who these men were, the building of the Masonic Hall in Lovettsville, and the ups and downs of Freedom Lodge 199, until it closed in 1890. It was re-opened in 1892 as Freedom Lodge 118, which now describes itself as “the Southern least Lodge in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

The program will be held at St. James United Church of Christ, 10 East Broad Way, Lovettsville, at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome to defray expenses of the program.


Upcoming Lectures: 

July 17: The Forgotten History of Petersville, by Jody Brumage, South Mountain Heritage Society.

Aug. 14: "Prelude to Revolution: the French-Indian War on the Maryland and Virginia Frontier,"  by journalist and author Tim Rowland.

Sept. 18: The 1940 Lovettsville airliner disaster, by John Flannery.

 



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