The Grand Lodge of Ohio's bicentennial celebration continues to roll on in Chillicothe, which was the original state capital. From today's Chillicothe Gazette:
Masons from throughout Ohio descended on Chillicothe Friday to kick off the bicentennial celebration of the founding of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio.
The masons, including past state officers, met in a private banquet and meeting at the Masonic Temple where members got the chance to see the original Statehouse cornerstone laid by the masons here in Chillicothe. The Chillicothe Gazette building is a replica of the first Statehouse.
Members also got to review several 7-by-3 foot panels that depicted a timeline of the founding of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, said member William Bennett. . . The Grand Lodge was created over four days in January 1808 when members of the Scioto Lodge and others around the state met in a tavern on the site of Oak Hill Bank on Water Street today.
In the early days, members often met in taverns because they were the only meeting places available, but the Scioto Lodge 6 moved to the Majestic Theatre, now known as the Majestic Performing Arts Center, where murals on upstairs walls remain today that various Masonic bodies used during their meetings.
What? Masons drinking? In taverns?
Ah, would that we could all meet in taverns again as our fore-fraters did.