Excerpted from: America's Secret Future (link below)
by Robert HieronimusGeorge Washington
Mackey's Modified Encyclopedia of Freemasonry (1966) reveals that Washington's membership within the order was greater than token.
Washington was started, in 1752, within the Lodge at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and also the records of this Lodge, still around, present the next records about them. The very first entry is thus: "November. fourth. 1752. Today Mr. George Washington was started being an Joined Apprentice, " delivery of the entrance fec, amounting to £23s., was acknowledged, F.C. and M.M. March 3 and August 4, 1753. On March 3 in the year after, "Mr. George Washington" is recorded as getting been passed another Craft as well as on August 4, same year, 1753, the record from the transactions from the evening claims that
Whitened satin Masonic apron emhroidered with Masonic emblems bv Marquise Lafayette. Gift from General Lafayettc to Georgc Washingron, 1784. (Scriptures, Red-colored Letter Edition, Masonic Edition, 1960. )
General Lafayette and General Washington shared not just a close friendship but membership within the Craft, a generally used reputation for Freemasonry. On two occasions General Lafayette presented Masonic apron to Washington (see Figure 4). One of these simple apron, embroidered in colored silks by Madame Lafayette, bore the emblems from the Holy Royal Arch degree. The truth that this apron was especially designed for Georgc Washington has brought to much speculation he was elevated to that particular degree. This might be of considerable importance, for that "Royal Arch degree may be the salient, spiritual amount of Freemasonry, not excepting the quality of Master Mason" (Steinmetz, 1946, 67).