If you define a vacation as the act of taking off several days (at least) from work, traveling a notable distance – and one outside your usual orbit – and settling in at one location (at least) for recreation and nothing but, then last week I took my first vacation since the summer of 1994. (Yeah. I know that’s 18 years.)
Provincetown, Massachusetts was my family’s vacation spot every August in the 1970s when I was a child, and it was there I returned for 72 hours of sightseeing, seafood dining, beer tasting, and cigar smoking. The sightseeing included visiting several places of Masonic interest right in the middle of town.
The first stop was obvious: Masonic Place, the address of King Hiram’s Lodge, chartered in 1795 by none other than Paul Revere, Grand Master.
|In Provincetown, street signs can be found wherever.|
|Had I arrived a day earlier, I could have visited the lodge.|
Constructed in the first decade of the 20th century, the Pilgrim Memorial Monument towers over Provincetown from its hilltop perch. Its construction began with a Masonic cornerstone-laying ceremony in 1907, and ended with a Masonic consecration in 1910.
The Monument stands 252 feet. On the way up, you will see dozens of markers placed by sponsoring societies, municipalities, and others who made construction of the landmark possible. Here is that of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
A time capsule was enclosed in the Monument construction. Among its contents is a book of Grand Lodge proceedings from 1907.
|An outdoor marker on the grounds of the Monument.|
|As above, so below.|
|Bro. McIntosh had the Keystone of Mark Masonry|
engraved into his headstone.
|Close-up of the emblems.|
|Bro. Joshua P. Atkins has the S&C inside the Mark Master Keystone.|
|I do not know if Capt. Ira B. Atkins was a relation|
or only a Masonic brother.
|This one could not escape notice.|
|Bro. Reuben Ryder also has the links of Odd Fellowship with his S&C.|
|The lodge building was a church constructed in 1847.|
|The brethren will host an open house on October 20.|
The lodge is located at 175 Main Street.
|I cannot help but wonder how a street earns the name|
Good Templar Place, but there it is in Provincetown.