Welcome to the Page of  Norfolk  Lodge  No. 1 , Ancient,  Free  &  Accepted  Masons under the Jurisdiction of the Grand  Lodge  A. F. & A. M.  of  Virginia

Norfolk Lodge No.1, was originally constituted in August 1732, under the name “Royal Exchange Lodge No. 172” due to the fact that it met above the Royal Exchange tavern in Norfolk.  It was then established by English Constitution on December 22, 1733 as one of the earliest Masonic Lodges in Virginia, America and the first Masonic Lodge in the Colony and Dominion of Virginia.  The Lodge participated in the formation of the Grand Lodge of Virginia during the years 1777-1778.  After giving up its English charter and applying for a charter from the new Grand Lodge of Virginia, an examination of the historical evidence led the Grand Lodge of Virginia to formally designated Norfolk Lodge as lodge number 1 on October 20, 1786.

Other interesting highlights of the history of the Lodge include:  

MW Thomas Matthews of Norfolk Lodge No. 1 served as the 5th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia from 1791-93.  

Members of Norfolk Lodge No. 1 laid the cornerstone of the first Masonic hall in Norfolk in the year of 1806.

On Sunday, October 24, 1824, Norfolk Lodge No. 1 was honored by the presence of the Marquis de Lafayette, who was received with exalted Masonic honors.

Participated in laying the cornerstone of the US Post Office and Courthouse in Norfolk on September 7, 1933

The traditions and positive influence of Norfolk Lodge No. 1 remain strong as a result of the many years that it has worked, and continues to work, to make good men better and to let Freemasonry have a positive effect on our community.

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