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December 27, 2012 / Joanne Yeck

From Richmond To Buckingham

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Washington-Monument

Photos by National Park Service: Washington Monument

George Chambers’ grave marker (posted 12/26/12) was cut by J.T. Rogers of Richmond.  In 1846, importing a marker from Richmond to Buckingham was a pretty big deal and it’s a reminder that many Buckingham planters had influence and contacts beyond the confines of the county.  J. T. Rogers was a prominent “marble dealer” in Richmond, located at Main and 8th.

In the mid-1850s, Rogers contributed not one but two Masonic stones to the Washington Monument.

From “Masonic Stones of the Washington Monument:”

At the 200-foot level, eighteenth landing, Virginia presented two Masonic stones. The first is presented by St. John’s Lodge No. 36, F. & A.M., Richmond. The stone is granite with a raised marble Bible carved with a compass and square. The stone is signed J.T. Rogers, Richmond. The stone from the Grand Lodge of Virginia is granite with a raised border and also contains a carved Bible with compass and square. It bears the inscription: “By the Grand Lodge of Accepted, Ancient and Free Masons of Virginia. Lo’ She gave to this Republic, the Chief Corner Stone. Aug. 4 A.L. 5854.” J.T. Rodgers, Richmond, has signed the lower border.

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  1. tim / Dec 27 2012 8:05 pm

    so this stone was cut 166 years ago ?

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