Local Free Masons have pledged $3,500 to remove lead paint from the historic Sun Tavern, work that would allow the landmark to be opened to the public.

Fidelity-St. John's Lodge No. 3 of The Grand Lodge of Free Masons planned to present the funds Saturday to the Fairfield Museum and History center, which oversees the 18th-century tavern.

The presentation was scheduled for 1 p.m. at the lodge, 131 Beach Road, museum officials said in a news release. The presentation is open to the public and is part of a Masonic ceremony rededicating its temple on the lodge's 250th anniversary.

First Selectman Michael Tetreau is scheduled to speak at the ceremony, according to the release.

The $3,500 gift will be used to complete removal of lead paint in the tavern's interior first floor, the museum said.

"The Sun Tavern is a significant part of our history and we are very glad to be able to make this contribution," Chris Jennings, the lodge's worshipful master said in the news release. "Our forefathers met at The Sun Tavern in 1809 and we have learned that our first President, George Washington, also a Mason, might have stayed at the Sun Tavern in 1789."

Washington is known to have visited the tavern while en route to Boston in 1789, but whether he slept there continues to be debated nearly 225 years after his carriage departed town.

Fidelity-St. John's Lodge was organized in 1762 and now has 200 members, according to the release.