PARSIPPANY LIFEFRIDAY, MAY 27, 2011
On May 14, people gathered at Parsippany Hilton to celebrate an event 250 years in the making. St. John's Lodge 1 of Free and Accepted Masons held a 250th anniversary gala to commemorate its distinction as being the oldest Masonic Lodge in New Jersey.
The evening included dedication ceremonies by a Benjamin Franklin re-enactor and a personal visit by Most Worshipful William L. Morris Jr., grand master of Masons for the Jurisdiction of New Jersey,
St. John's Lodge in Mountain Lakes was established on May 13, 1761, in Newark. Through the years, it merged with three other Masonic Lodges inParsippany, Boonton and Mountain Lakes to form the lodge that exists now.
The lodge was created more than 25 years before the Grand Lodge of New Jersey was established by St. John's Lodge 1 of the Grand Lodge or New York, the same lodge that owns the Bible that several presidents have taken the oath of office on, as did George Washington.
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