We experienced serendipity on the weekend when we chanced to walk along our main street and noticed that the Masonic Temple was open for viewing. We had been wanting to see it for some time, so up we went on the steep steps to the second floor.
Built early last century, they have always rented out the bottom floor to generate income for upkeep.
There are a few rooms upstairs, but we were keen to view the 'sanctuary' [my word].
The stool in the centre ↑ is where new members kneel to be invested as Masons.
St John's Lodge↓: a close up of the banner on the table above.
In one corner of the carpet was this representation of Jacob's Ladder which you climb on the firm foundation of the bible. I was told that you must believe in a higher power to become a Mason. Although they don't specify that power, the Christian roots are strong.
Below is a corner of the carpet. The whole edge is made of repeating drafting symbols, a strong mason motif.
You can see the drafting motif carried through in the following two photos.
.There were throne-like chairs in spots around the room; Danica looked quite cute in one of them.
It was fun to see and also hear about as our guide supplied us with all sorts of information.