Potomac Lodge No.5 F.A.A.M. is the oldest Freemason body in the District of Columbia. Established on April 21st, 1789 by prominent merchants living in Georgetown, Potomac laid the cornerstones of the White House in 1792 and U.S. Capitol in 1793. It is the steward of a simple marble gavel, which was first used by President and Freemason George Washington, to lay the cornerstone of the Capitol. Since then, that Gavel has been loaned to several Presidents and the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, for other cornerstone and other masonic celebrations.
Potomac is a charter member of the Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia and one of the lodge’s earliest leaders, Valentine Reintzel, served as the first Grand Master in 1811. The lodge is also a charter member of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia.