Masonic Brotherhood in the Civil War

 

A second reason why Masonry held together is that membership in a Masonic Lodge is by choice only. No man has ever been recruited into joining a Lodge. Our rules, in fact, prohibit Masons from actively pursuing someone for initiation. Instead, a man interested in becoming a Mason must, “of his own free will and accord,” actively seek out a member of the Lodge which he wishes to join and ask him for a petition for membership.

The third reason is the structure of the Craft itself. There are a number of internal rules and customs that helped the Lodge as a whole avoid the turbulent politics and divisiveness of the War. This allowed the Lodge to continue to function as a place a man could go when he needed help or a quiet haven from the storms that raged outside the Craft. It was then and continues to be today, a place where true brotherhood exists.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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The Twin Pillars of Faith and Political Leadership

Written by: Gary Wonning

Constant reference is made in the masonic degrees alluding to the pillars of Jachin and Boaz, the pillars that adored King Salomon’s temple in the days of old.

Their history goes back even farther than that period of time. They date back to ancient Egypt and in reality, even farther than that, all the way back to the dawn of civilization as we know it.

Studying history and the spiritual development that transpired over the ages, we find the pillars allude to many things, not just to the guarding of a sacred temple.

But after studying the history of the pillars we find that in spite of many only thinking they are the guardians of a temple, we begin to realize they have a much deeper significance.

They not only guard the temple, but they guard and allude to every aspect of life, the duality of life.

In the political world, they allude to the duality of government or the proper function of society that is in place to provide an orderly, law  abiding, free society where all are able to live life as they please as long as it doesn’t infringe on the rights of others.

From the beginning of time man has known that to have a civilized society, there must be in place not only a political leader, or(king), but a spiritual one (priestly) as well. A civilization founded only on a political base and not a spiritual base will not long survive.

This has been proven time and time again.

Look at the turmoil in Europe over the last several hundred years, every time a ruler is replaced, war and turmoil have followed. Only when there is a spiritual foundation or priestly leader, and an orderly transfer of power, can we be somewhat assured of a peaceful society.

The two pillars allude to establishment and strength, only when we establish our life in strength can we endure.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Reliving Fredericksburg, Virginia

Written By: Gary Wonning

After a sleepless night, it was time to find out what Fredericksburg was all about. Totally oblivious to what I would see or find, I exited the freeway and drove into the tiny city. A cemetery suddenly caught my eye. My first thought was,”Where did cemetery come from?”

It was then I observed a small sign near the entrance.

It was a Civil War Cemetery. My next thought was.” Oh, it’s a Civil War Cemetery, that wasn’t here when I was here before. “

Where did that thought come from? And why did I think that?

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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More surprises awaited me, as I drove into town I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! This town is almost a carbon copy of Vevay Indiana. The main street was very similar to the main street in Vevay, the river was on the right, and there was a Rising Sun Tavern on the east side of town. I soon found my reason for spending so much time in Vevay was to be a gentle reminder of a time in the past. I had been to Fredericksburg before.

In times such as this, I get very hungry, a lunch at the Rising Sun Tavern was definitely on the agenda. Entering the tavern, it was DeJa vu all over again. I can remember the many times had I dined and drank my favorite beverage in the friendly confines of this establishment.

Walking around the town was truly amazing, just like old home week, past another cemetery which held the remains of many Revolutionary War people, both soldiers and townspeople.

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George Washington’s Home Lodge

Touring the Masonic Lodge I could see myself attending many lodge meetings in an earlier era.

Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #$4 Fredericksburg Virginia

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 Historic Fredericksburg Virginia is one the most historic towns in the United States. Just a short visit will enable you to tour several locations of interest in our history. Along with a Civil War Cemetery, there is a Revolutionary War era cemetery, The Rising Sun Inn. The Inn Restaurant still in operation today , was owned by Lawrence Washington , George Washington’s brother and frequented by many of the founders of the day.

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One of the most notable of the historic landmarks is the Masonic Lodge frequented by George Washington himself.

Fredericksburg Lodge

He was raised a master mason on August 4th,1753 and continued to be active in masonic work , as many of our founders did, until his death.

Fredericksburg Lodge plaque

 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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Throughout man’s long history on earth,there has been one group of people who have carried the torch of liberty and freedom throughout the ages , from time immemorial until the present day. In these days their counsel is need more than ever.

 

Metamora Indiana Masonic Lodge

 Metamora is a quaint little village in southeastern Indiana located midway between Indianapolis Indiana and Cincinnati Ohio. Situated on the Whitewater River, the town played an important part in the early history of Indiana. Featuring an early canal as well as one of the first railroads in the area, much of the early development of the state came along the Whitewater valley.

Metamora Indiana Masonic Lodge

 

The masonic lodge was formed in 1853, and the building where the meetings are still being held was acquired in 1888.

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The plaque mounted proudly on the front wall tells of the early history.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Village of Spires, Oldenburg Indiana

Nestled in the quiet hills of southeastern Indian, lies Oldenburg, nicknamed “The Village of Spires”. This quaint village deserves a short visit to enjoy all it has to offer.

Home to two restaurants ,Wagners and Koch’s Brau House, that serve the best fried chicken anywhere,plus a rich German history  and home to a Catholic school, and The Sisters  the Third Order Regular of St. Francis, Oldenburg,there many festivals celebrating the rich history of the area.

The Fireman’s Picnic in the summer draws large crowds to enjoy the beverage and drink of the local area, all the while supporting the local volunteer fire department.

The local Octoberfest held every autumn also features many of the customs and food of the German heritage.

Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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Next time you are in southeastern Indiana, make sure to spend the day in picturesque Oldenburg.

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Markland Dam Switzerland County

 

Written by :Gary Wonning

The Markland Locks and Dam is a concrete dam bridge and locks that span the Ohio River. It is 1395 feet long, and connects Gallatin County Kentucky, and Switzerland County Indiana.

The locks and dam were reviewed by the Board of Engineers for River
and Harbours to replace the Ohio River locks and dams Number 35, 36, 37,
38 and 39. Then the project was approved by the Secretary of the Army on March 11, 1953. Construction on the locks began in March 1956 and
they were placed in operation in May 1959. The dam construction began in
April 1959 and was finished in June 1964.

Located on the beautiful Ohio River which provides a natural boundary between Indiana and Ohio, Markland Dam provides not only electrical energy to many in the area, but since the addition of a bridge in the late  80s, it now provides easy access to interstate 71 and a link to not only Cincinnati Ohio, but to Louisville Kentucky as well.
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An engineering wonder, it also controls the flow of water along this important waterway, not only to provide an adequate supply of water during the dry seasons to allow traffic up and down the river , thus enabling many needed products to reach consumers on both ends of the river.

More importantly, it controls flooding during the spring rains and snow melt, preventing hardships and disasters such as those encountered during the historic floods of 1937 when many lost not only their belongings but in many instances their lives as well.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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