"Freemasonry, A Tower of Strength"

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternal organization in existence, and is based on the belief that each man has a responsibility to help make the world a better place. Through our culture of philanthropy, we make a profound difference for our Brothers, our families, our communities, and our future.

Who Are The Masons

Masons (also known as Freemasons) belong to the oldest and largest fraternal organization in the world.

Why I am a Mason

Men become Masons for reasons that are as varied as the individuals that comprise our Order.

Masonic Lodge Locator

There are over 300 Masonic Lodges in Virginia. This locator and map will help you find a Lodge near you.

Contact Us

For membership or any other inquiries, please contact the Grand Lodge office.

Masonic Education

Increase your knowledge of Masonic history, philosophy and symbolism, and enhance your leadership abilities.

Masonic Charity

Freemasons support a variety of charities.

"Freemasonry, A Tower Of Strength"

Freemasonry is a social organization that promotes charity, esteem, and love for each Brother and their families. We build a network that is worldwide to support each other in time of need. We serve our country, promote peace, and help others in need. Masonic organizations in North America collectively contribute well over 2.7 million dollars every day to charities.

To become one you must ask one

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Virginia

The Grand Lodge of Virginia consists of elected and appointed officers which are known as the Grand line officers. There are also members of the Fraternity that serve on various committees, and as District team members who all support the over 300 Masonic Lodges, and some 33,000 members throughout the state of Virginia.

Most Worshipful Gary Wallace Taylor

Grand Master of Masons in Virginia

It is my great privilege and honor to serve as the 173rd Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in the 240th year of our Grand Lodge. In that role, I welcome you to our website.

Alan Wayne Adkins, PGM

Grand Secretary

Elected as Grand Secretary November 1997. Served as Worshipful Master in 1977 and as Secretary from 1978 to 1991 of Mountain Home Lodge No. 263, where he is a Life Member in Perpetuity and Honorary member. Served as Grand Master of Masons in Virginia in 1997.

Officers of the Grand Lodge of Virginia

Elected and Appointed Officers

Welcome to our website.

Office Staff


If you have questions or if we may be of help in any way, please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Provide everyone with fair and accurate information on a multitude of issues.

Committees are made up of members of the Craft who are dedicated to helping the Grand Master and Brethren throughout Virginia.

District Officers

Each district is served by a District Team

There are 57 Masonic districts, which are located within 12 different geographical divisions throughout Virginia.

Why I am a Mason

Men become Masons for reasons that are as varied as the individuals that comprise our Order. For some, they follow in the footsteps of their father, their grandfather, their uncle, etc. because it's a family tradition. For others, they want to improve the community in which they live by helping those in need. We would like to feature the personal stories of some of our Masons about why they are a part of the World's Oldest Fraternity. These testimonials will be added to periodically and perhaps one will strike a chord with you and help you begin your own story about why you became a Mason!

I Searched All Of My Life

- C. Guffin. Freemason

I became a Mason because of the want and need I had to be a part of something bigger than myself. I searched all of my life for a place to fit in. I tried motorcycle clubs, churches, even the drink. Nothing filled the gap I had in my life until I met Mike. There was something about him I admired, and we became good friends, afterwards Brothers. Being a Mason filled the lonely hole in my life with true friendship and brotherly love.

I Have But One Regret!

- David K. Freemason

I am always welcomed by the Brethren and am treated with dignity and respect. I have a feeling of belonging to something true and tried by history, a good something. I have but one regret and that is I did not take this step many years ago. Being a part of this Fraternity makes me look for the right path to take. It is becoming the compass to guide by, and I am glad to be a part of the oldest and greatest Fraternity ever to exist.

Community & Widows

- John B. Freemason

I have found Masons to be very loving and caring. Not only for Brothers but the community and widows of passed Brothers. I also have found that Masonry is very spiritually based, more so than any other organization I have ever been involved in. I mean this in a loving respect and not judgmental. I really enjoy my experience and am excited to continue my education and experience.

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The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Constituted October 30, 1778
OUR MISSION is to teach and perpetuate a way of life that promotes the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God and to assist Lodges to grow and prosper.