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In 2002, Washington Daylight Lodge celebrated its 150th anniversary. Washington Daylight lodge is actually the result of the merger of several lodges, each with their own history and traditions. The oldest of these, Washington Centennial Lodge No.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, Mos Worshipful Grand Master of Masons 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 No.14"
During the early years of the Twentieth Century, another group of Brethren decided to form a daylight lodge. King Solomon Lodge No. 31 was granted a charter on May 10, 1905.
In 1923, in 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 No. 39
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 fine predecessors was Brightwood Lodge No. 43 was constituted on January 25, 1925.
On December 23, 1991 - Washington Centennial Lodge #14 joined forces with the brethren of Solomon - Harding - Brightwood, who had merged two years before. Together, these lodges formed Washington Daylight Lodge No. 14
Today at the dawn of the Twenty-First Century. Washington Daylight lodge No.14 has grown in number and prospers. We have a fine group of men, dedicated to the principles of Freemasonry with a common vision of international peace and brotherhood