History of Poquoson Lodge #49
Poquoson Lodge No. 49, A.F. & A.M. has over 200 members who are proud not only of their country's heritage, but are also proud that they can, by precept and example, help spread the heritage of Masonry on a local, state and national level. We are so enthused by the progress of our Lodge, that we believe you will be interested as well. We hope that you enjoy this brief history of Poquoson Lodge No. 49, A.F. & A.M. of Virginia.
Located on 14.7 square miles of land, which includes 4,398 acres are salt marsh wetlands and over 89 miles of coastline the City of Poquoson is believed to be one of the oldest English-speaking communities in America that continues to bear its original name. Poquoson, which was part of York County for over three centuries, became an independent Town in 1952 and was chartered as a City in 1975. The first mention of Poquoson in Colonial records is contained in a land grant issued to Christopher Calthorpe by a court at Elizabeth City in 1631. A little over 300 years later this proud community sought to establish its roots in Freemasonry by forming the Poquoson Masonic Lodge.
On July 19, 1932 the first meeting of Poquoson Lodge was held in the Odd Fellows Hall, Odd, Virginia. Right Worshipful Brother Claude O. Price, District Deputy Grand Master of the 14th Masonic District acting as Grand Master, announced that this communication had been called for the purpose of presenting Poquoson Lodge with a dispensation, which was granted by the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Virginia. The dispensation designated Alvah E. Riggins as Worshipful Master, Robert E. Hunt as Senior Warden and John F. Rollins as Junior Warden. Regular communications were held under this dispensation until the Grand Lodge, which met in February 1933, approved the Charter.
The Lodge was to be known as Poquoson Lodge No. 49, A.F. & A.M., and was presented with a charter at a meeting held on April 4, 1933, thereby making Poquoson Lodge a regular Masonic Lodge. Meeting were held in the Odd Fellows Hall until the stated communication of April 11, 1939. The next called communication of the Poquoson Lodge was held on April 18, 1939 in the Juniors' and Redmens' Hall, at Messick, Virginia, home to Poquoson Lodge No. 49 A.F. & A.M. until 1976.
In 1975, Worshipful C. E. Drummond initiated and led a building program that was continued by Worshipful W. E. Hopkins, Jr. in 1976. In June 1976 the cornerstone was laid for the present Masonic Temple located at 6 Hunts Neck Road, Poquoson, Virginia. Poquoson Lodge No. 49 A.F. & A. M. held its first stated communication in the new Masonic Temple in November 1976.
Since our first meeting in July 1932, Poquoson Lodge has grown with Freemasonry, and Freemasonry has grown with Poquoson Lodge. This is evident in the fellowship shared between Poquoson Lodge No. 49 and Army and Navy Lodge No. 306. Beginning in 1977 through 1987 we opened our Masonic Temple to them. We are proud to have dedicated our Lodge building in July of 1991 and for the opportunity to carry the Light of Freemasonry into the future by "Living Freemasonry Daily."
Artist rendition of Poquoson Lodge No.49 1933-1939
6 Hunts Neck Road, Poquoson, VA, United States