"The second Masonic Lodge in Norfolk was chartered on 13 December 1854; its name was Atlantic Lodge No. 2, A.F. & A.M., this number being bestowed because an older Lodge had surrendered it.

The principal organizers and officers of Atlantic Lodge were Dr. George L. Upshur, Master, and James Y. Leigh and William A. Graves, Senior and Junior Wardens, re-spectively." The History of Lower Tidewater Virginia, Rogers Dey Whichard Ph.D