Masonic Temple worth visiting for George Washington fans

I’ve seen the Masonic Temple in the distance all of my life and only been near it twice to realize it’s a pretty big place. Finally, my wife said let’s go see it.

I’m willing to try any place with ample free parking.

Dedicated to George Washington by local Masons, the 89-year-old temple is filled with personal items of the first president, including an amazing family bible. There are two marvelous statues of Washington and two gigantic paintings in the lobby. Walk the back hallways to see photos of the local chapter and it has a feel of a church hall.

Definitely take the elevator to the top of the 110-foot memorial for one of the great views in town. It was originally going to be the site of the U.S. Capitol before city founders decided to cross over the river. You get a wide perspective from the top that I’ll bet it’s awesome when the leaves change.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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