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Southeast view of the George Washington National Masonic Memorial

The George Washington National Masonic Memorial (also known locally as the "Masonic Temple") is a Masonic building and memorial located in Alexandria, Virginia. It is dedicated to the memory of George Washington, the first president of the United States, and himself a Mason.

There is some debate over the etymology of Shooter’s Hill. Some claim that it derives its name from the fact that it was once home to two forts during the Civil War era. From this vantage point, Union soldiers or “Shooters” could protect the approaches to Alexandria and Washington, DC against the possible attacking Confederate forces. Others claim that the hill was originally called “Shuter’s Hill, after an early resident of Alexandria. Regardless of the origins of its name, it was on Shooter’s Hill that the Brethren of Alexandria originally donated two acres of land for their dream to become a reality. By 1919, the association had acquired an additional 29 acres of land upon which the new memorial to Washington would take shape.

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One of my favorite pictures.

The architecture was renaissance to the period of ideals that made men who they are.

Posted by Luke Wilbur (guest) on Mon 01 Mar 2010 11:31:16 AM EST

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