In 2017, Washington Daylight Lodge is celebrating its 165th anniversary. Washington Daylight Lodge is actually the result of the mergers of several lodges, each with their own history and traditions. The oldest of these lodges, Washington Centennial Lodge #14, was founded in 1852. This is how we came to be.
The dedication of Washington Centennial Lodge took place at a special communication on January 13, 1852. On November 4, 1852 the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the District of Columbia, Benjamin B. French, presented to Ezra Williams, our first Worshipful Master, a charter. This began the new lodge to be named "Washington Centennial Lodge #14".
During the early years of the 20th century, another group of brethren decided to form a daylight lodge. King Solomon Lodge #31 was granted a charter on May 10, 1905.
In 1923, in the memory of the passing of President and Brother Warren G. Harding, a lodge which was to bear his name first met under dispensation. On December 19, 1923 a charter was granted to Warren G. Harding Lodge #39. As a matter of fact, each year our Lodge still travels to our sister lodge, Marion Lodge #70 in Marion, Ohio to jointly celebrate and pay tribute to Br. Harding by laying a wreath at his tomb.
The next years through the 1950's were a time of great growth in the Masonic Fraternity here in the District of Columbia. Another of our predecessors was Brightwood Lodge #43 which was constituted on January 25, 1925.
On December 23, 1991, Washington Centennial Lodge #14 joined forces and merged with the brethren of King Solomon - Warren G. Harding - and Brightwood (whom had previously merged two years before). To reflect a new beginning while acknowledging and respecting their past, the brethren elected to name their new lodge, Washington Daylight Lodge #14.
Today at the dawn of the 21st century, Washington Daylight has grown in numbers and enjoys prosperity thanks mainly to our Brothers who have preceded us. We have an outstanding membership from all walks of life, religions, and cultures. What cements us as Brothers is our dedication to the principles of Freemasory with a common vision of international peace, charity, and brotherhood.