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Masonic Cornerstone Layings

The information on this chart comes from Cornerstones of Freedom: A Masonic Tradition, by S. Brent Morris (published by the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, in 1993), plus other books and sources. If anyone has suggestions for additions or changes on this chart, please send email to Paul M. Bessel at paulb'at'bessel.org so I can update this chart.

 

Date Details
August 2, 1738 New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland - earliest record of a formal and official Masonic ceremony
April 15, 1791 Jones Point - first boundary stone of Washington, D.C.
October 13, 1792 White House (then called the President's House) in Washington, D.C.
September 18, 1793 United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. - George Washington presided
October 12, 1793 University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
July 4, 1815 Washington Monument, Baltimore, Maryland
1823 Erie Canal, New York
June 17, 1825 Battle of Bunker Hill Monument, near Boston, Massachusetts
1825 monument to General and Brother De Kalb, in South Carolina
July 4, 1828 Baltimore & Ohio Railroad
1847 Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C.
July 4, 1848 Washington Monument, in Washington, D.C.
July 4, 1851 Extension wings (for the Senate and House) of the U.S. Capitol building - Benjamin B. French presided
October 9, 1880 Cleopatra's Needle, New York City
June 24, 1881 St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Maryland
August 5, 1884 Statue of Liberty, New York
September 29, 1907 Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
October 18, 1911 House of the Temple, headquarters of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, in Washington, D.C.
September 18, 1922 Detroit Masonic Temple (largest in the world), Detroit, Michigan
1923 George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Alexandria, Virginia
1932 Reenactment of the cornerstone laying of the U.S. Capitol building, in Washington, D.C.
December 15, 1932 Department of Labor Building, Washington, D.C.
July 4, 1959 East front extension of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
June 2, 1974 Simpson-Hemline United Methodist Church, Washington, D.C., by the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
1981 Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. - Prince Hall Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia
June 21, 1981 Fellowship Hall of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Cambridge, Maryland
July 31, 1982 Townshend Lodge #6, Port Townshend, Washington (State)
October 2, 1982 Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington (State)
November 11, 1989 Holy Protection Gnostic Orthodox Monastery, Nebraska
April 15, 1991 Reenactment of the Masonic cornerstone laying of the Washington D.C. boundary stone at Jones Point, Alexandria, Virginia
September 13, 1992 Stewartville United Methodist Church, Stewartville, Minnesota
October 3, 1992 George Washington's Grist Mill, Perryopolis, Pennsylvania
October 13, 1992 Reenactment of the Masonic cornerstone laying ceremony of the White House, in Washington, D.C.
August 21, 1993 Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial Monument, at Gettysburg National Cemetery, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
September 18, 1993 Reenactment of the Cornerstone laying of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.
October 23, 1993 Bicentennial celebration of the Cornerstone laying of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C.

 


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