Welcome to the web page of Columbia Lodge No. 285, holden under the Grand Lodge of Virginia A.F. & A.M. In these pages you will find information about Columbia Lodge, which is Arlington County’s original and oldest lodge, and about Freemasonry in general.
We encourage you to peruse our website, and we hope to meet you in person soon.
Columbia Lodge was granted a dispensation 26 February 1904. The first meeting as a Lodge Under Dispensation was held 9 May 1904 in the Knights of Pythias Castle in Ballston on the second floor of Suttons Feed Store. Its charter was issued February 16, 1905.
Columbia Lodge predates Arlington County and is an intrinsic part of its history and character. It was not until 1920 that Alexandria County was renamed to Arlington County, by act of the Virginia General Assembly, and as such Columbia Lodge has been a part of Arlington from the start!
On June 26, 1909, the cornerstone of a new temple was laid. On December 6, 1909, the first meeting of Columbia Lodge was held in the new temple. Almost a hundred years later, the lodge building was in a state that it could not support the membership, and a new lodge building was acquired on nearby Lee Highway. The old lodge building is still present in Clarendon and is the location of Liberty Tavern.
Over the course of its history, many great men have passed through Columbia Lodge. Some of these men were renowned for their worldly accomplishments, but all were men of great character and outstanding moral fiber.