Our History

Rockingham Union Lodge #27 has a rich history going back over 227 years. The original log structure was erected in 1795.
Since then our lodge building has evolved with the times however our values remain unchanged.

Site of Rockingham Union #27 in 1795

This building, erected circa 1885, occupies the site on E. Market St., just east of Federal Alley, where stood Mason’s Hall, a log structure, erected in 1795.

1885
1860

Rockingham Union Lodge 1860-1906

A picture taken at the corner of S. Main St. & W. Water St. of the Rockingham Union Masonic Lodge, erected in 1860 and used until 1906.

1906 Cornerstone Laying Ceremony of Rockingham Union Lodge #27

The was the cornerstone laying ceremony in 1906 of the present day Rockingham Union Lodge #27.

1906

Rockingham Union Masonic Lodge – Circa 1906

This a photograph from S. Main St., just south of the intersection with Water St. in 1906.  The Masonic Lodge is at the right (notice the R.U. #27 sign above a Dentist sign).  The Keezell Building (not pictured) next door was under construction at this time.

Rockingham Union Lodge #27 – 1906-Present Day

This a picture of the present Lodge building, at the corner of S. Main St. and E. Water St., erected in 1906.

1906
1918

1918 – Rockingham Union #27 Degree Team

This photo was taken in May 1918 of the Degree Team at Rockingham Union Lodge #27 in front of the Masonic Temple on Main St.

1951 Officers of Rockingham Union #27

This was a picture taken in 1951 of the current Lodge Officers at that time.  This photo was taken inside the Lodge room in the East. 

1951
1972

1972 Officers of Rockingham Union Lodge #27

This was a picture taken in 1972 of the current Lodge Officers at that time.  This photo was taken inside the Lodge room in the East

1978 Officers of Rockingham Union Lodge #27

This was a picture taken in 1978 of the current Lodge Officers at that time. 

1978
1984

1984 Grand Master’s Official Visit to Rockingham Union #27

This is a photo taken in 1984 of the 4 Worshipful Masters in District 6 and the Grand Master of the State of Virginia.

1989 – Lodge Bi-centennial Anniversary (1789-1989)

The lodge celebrated it’s 200-year anniversary. (Click Image to download PDF)

1989

1990 – Rockingham Union #27 is included on the Harrisonburg City Welcome Sign

The current Master in 1990, Don Bosley, affixes the masonic logo to the City’s Welcome Sign on E. Market St.

1990

1990 – Gulf War Care Package Project

Rockingham Union #27 lodge members packed care packages for U.S. troops serving in the Gulf War.

2016

2016 – Eagle Scout Presentation

A presentation was made at Rockingham Union #27 in support of the Boy Scouts of America.

2019 – Cornerstone Laying Ceremony for St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ

This was the cornerstone laying procession from Rockingham Union Lodge #27 to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ on S. Main St.

2019

2022 – Rockingham Union “Cheers for Charity”

Fundraiser for HPD Detective – Gavin Lam

2022