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Welcome to the Web Site for the Charleston, West Virginia Valley of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (Southern Jurisdiction)

We hope you find all the information you desire about us in these pages.

The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry is a wonderful organization of good men striving to be better.

We, in addition to our Fraternal endeavors are deep into Philanthropies.

Our Childhood Language Disorder Center, one of 170 such clinics in the Southern Jurisdiction, is one of the largest in the Country.  In more than 20 years of Therapy we have averaged serving 70 children per week with communication problems with over 5000 patient visits a year.  The Northern Jurisdiction also has a similar program.

In addition to our Language Center, we also host other Philanthropies:  the Almoner's Fund, an anonymous giving to people with immediate needs; the Stage Fund, to preserve our Theatre and the scenery found therein; and a Foundation to preserve our historic building; and the Patriotism Education Project, operated by our Pocahontas Scottish Rite Club.  Also the Scottish Rite Foundation of West Virginia accepts donations for their Scholarship program.

Our building was built prior to 1900 and has had a colorful background.  It was originally constructed as an Armory, when the Army used Horses and Mules.  After that, the building was used as a Skating Rink.  It was finally taken over by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Ancient and Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine around 1921.  Since the Shrine moved to more modern quarters, the building has been totally operated by the Scottish Rite.

At one time our Theatre was one of the few Auditoriums in Charleston and was used by the Community a great deal.  In recent years, we have been happy to offer our spaces to many of the Communities non-profit organizations for meetings and have served over 30 such organizations.

Our Building has recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by virtue of it's location in the Downtown Charleston Historic District.

We are constantly working to maintain and preserve our beautiful building as a gift not only to our membership but also to the people of the City of Charleston and the surrounding area.

Our membership comes from most of Southern West Virginia and numbers approximately 2500.  Twenty Five Hundred men ready and willing to serve their Families and their Communities through the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

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