In the year of 1897 on the 6th day of February, Grand Master A.R. Courtney gave Dispensation to form this lodge:
On February 6th, 1897 A.D., Grand Master A.R. Courtney granted Dispensation to form Corinthian Lodge A.F.&A.M. #266
Five days later on February 11th, 1897 the first communication was held by the three Brothers named in the letter of dispensation:
L. Jack Oliver presided as Worshipful Master
E.T. Thomas as Senior Warden
H.L. Slade as Junior Warden
The first lodge meeting was held in the location of Brambleton Lodge #25, Knights of Pythias, Norfolk, Va.