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2020 Masons on the Mountain event - Escurial 7

posted Mar 26, 2020, 11:53 AM by Alan Power   [ updated Mar 26, 2020, 11:54 AM ]

Every five years, the members of Escurial Lodge No. 7 observe the tradition of holding a Meeting in a high mountain valley above Virginia City.  Masons from all over the country join us for this historic ceremony, usually involving the performance of an outdoor Third Degree.  Following the meeting, the participants return to the lodge hall for a BBQ, refreshments and fellowship.  The next observance will be on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. 


Traditionally, two Masonic Lodges, Virginia 3 and Escurial 7 met in the same lodge hall on “B” Street.  In May of 1875, fire destroyed the business district, including the lodge building.  Following this, the Masons met in the Odd Fellows hall.  In September, a second fire took out this building.  Construction of a new Masonic hall was under way when, in October, the third “great fire” took most of the town, including that building.  With no other place to meet, the Masons resolved to meet in a vale on top of Mt. Davidson, under the canopy of heaven. This communication was attended by over 300 Masons, and began a tradition that is still observed every 5 years by Escurial Lodge 7.


Planning is under way for the 2020 event, and registration has begun.

Masons who desire to participate are encouraged fill out the attached form and submit with payment to the lodge as early as the planning of their personal schedules permits.

Registration fee includes transportation to and from the meeting site, light breakfast, and meal following, commemorative certificate, and commemorative pin.  Registrants are responsible for arranging their own accommodations.  A list of nearby motels and hotels will be made available on request.

Alan Power,
Mar 26, 2020, 12:09 PM