September 28, 2019 Stated:
Civil War Lodge of Research #1865 A.F. & A. M.
1) Our next CWLR #1865 stated will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019. (Please note the date difference from the normal 1st. Saturday in October.) The gavel will fall at 10:00am at Day Lodge #58, AF&AM, 100 E. Main St., Louisa, Virginia. After our normal business meeting we will move to the dining room where Worshipful Gregory Hasaflook will give a presentation on Civil War era carbines. That will be followed by lunch and then we will tour the Trevilian Station Battlefields. This will be conducted by Worshipful Ed Crebbs. Both of these brothers are CWLR members and also of the hosting Day Lodge Both are experts in Civil War history, particularly that which happened in the local area.
The Lodge shares a building with the Louisa United Methodist Church. This is a wonderful history that started when the building was original constructed in the mid 1800’s. It is a beautiful building in its meeting/dining hall, its church sanctuary, and its Masonic Lodge room. The photo is of the Lodge Room looking East.
Parking is available behind the building. Access is also available from the rear parking lot to the dining room and to the stairs to the Lodge room. PLEASE be aware that there are no elevators or chair lifts. Access to the 2nd floor is only by 4 flights of 7 stairs each with 3 landings.
Donuts and coffee will be available at 9:00am in the dining hall.
The Battle of Trevilian Station was fought for control of the Virginia Central Railroad and happened over two days in June 1864.
Friday and Saturday dinner locations are to be determined.
2) There are no hotels in the immediate Louisa area. The closest might be in the town of Orange, but they are very expensive and none of the 3 establishments had many rooms for quantity booking due to weddings.
I thought of who would be needing rooms and thought of those predominately coming from the East and of those using the 95 corridor. Fredericksburg seemed an ok location, and there is no other lodging between. Charlottesville might offer some possibilities. However that is further west and for many would require backtracking to get to the lodge. One hotel there did not return my inquiry. I looked at some hotels in the Short Pump area of Richmond. In some cases poor reviews turned me off. Others were already booked with very few rooms available, or rates and distances, the same as Fredericksburg.
We have an arrangement for rooms with the Best Western at 2205 Plank St., Fredericksburg. This is right off of Rte 95, exit 130A. Rooms including tax are $102.40/room. The phone number is 540-371-5050. Reference the Civil War Lodge when reserving. Reservations must be made on or before Friday, September 13, 2019. Please note this hotel is approximately 1 hours’ drive to the Lodge in Louisa. Consider camping, a cabin, etc.
The camping alternative: Small Country Campground offers a variety of furnished cabins and travel trailers. You would need to bring bed linens and towels. It is a very nice campground with the normal range of tent to full hookup sites. Their costs are attractive and you would be less than 8 miles from the Lodge. At this writing there were sites and cabins available. Contact them for particulars. www.smallcountry.com 540-967-2431 4400Byrd Mill Rd, Louisa, Va. 23093
December 07, 2019 Incoming Master’s Choice
LMIP’s, send ME a check ($420) PAYABLE to Grand Lodge of Virginia
Rich Radi – Secretary
P.O. Box# 259
Middletown, VA 22645
Cell # 540-270-7539
(Dues is $20.00 per year)