During a recent visit to Mount Vernon, we paid
tribute to the memory of George Washington at his
tomb. As we left, another visitor emphatically stated
that “Washington had received a Masonic burial.”
Is this true?
George Washington, first President of the United States, died on December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon. His funeral took place at Mount Vernon, conducted by his pastor, Rev. Thomas Davis, Jr. of Christ Episcopal Church, Alexandria, (circa 1773) where Washington worshiped while in that town. The Church, and his designated pew bearing a silver plaque with his signature still stand. His funeral was conducted according to the Episcopal Church Burial Service, the Scripture on the wall above his sarcophagus being from the Episcopal Church Burial Service Prayer Book, which epitomizes his life:
I am the Resurrection and the Life; sayeth the Lord. He
that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he
live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall
never die. John 11, verses 25, 26.
To learn more, click here. (Founders’ book)