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Lodge of Low Vale

Lodge of Low Vale

In the spirit of unity, members from both sides of the Mason-Dixon line came together to raise a new Master Mason on the hallowed ground of the Gettysburg Battlefield.  Over 300 were in attendance including members of Herndon Lodge and the Grand Master of PA.

Every Lodge need something representing a West gate…

Abe doing his very best to unite those around him.

WB Greg Valker, RW GM Eugene Herritt, Bros Eric LeHew and Axel Alanis, and RW Grand Jr Warden Larry Derr

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On the Gettysburg Battlefield

Brethren from Herndon and Freedom Lodges (and family) set out on a horseback journey the Gettysburg Battlefield.   SD Brother Eric LeHew (the ring leader) took full credit for the gorgeous weather that day provided everyone with a both memorable and educational day out of the Lodge.

The first shift assembles.

Lining up to head out. Brother Axel’s first time on a horse.

The “ring leader” with some old guy.

Heading down the trail.

Stopped for a photo op.

Couldn’t get everyone in one shot….

Both shifts

Jim jumped right up.

Tommy did too!

The Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial

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Gettysburg Battlefield Horseback Tour

Gettysburg Battlefield Horseback Tour

Brother Senior Deacon Eric LeHew ( has arranged a mounted tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield on Saturday April 28.   The cost is $75 per rider.   A limited number of saddles are available.   Click HERE to see the flyer.  Please contact Brother Eric directly to secure your seat on the tour.

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Gettysburg Masonic Field Trip


All are invited to join us for a fun-filled day in Gettysburg.

Our day in Gettysburg — Saturday, May 7, 2011
Our field trip is open to all family members.  We look forward to a full day of Masonic fellowship.  Beginning with a tour of the Gettysburg National Battlefield museum, we will see one of the largest collections ofCivil War relicts in the world; the newly restored “Battle of Gettysburg” Cyclorama, a 360 degree circular oil on canvas painting that depicts Pickett’s Charge; and a 20 minute film overview of the battle, narrated by Morgan Freeman, entitled “A new Birth of Freedom”.   Following our tour of the museum we will board the bus to one of Gettysburg’s restaurants adjacent to the battlefield.   We hope to confirm our plans for lunch shortly and will send an update as soon as possible.

Once we have recharged our batteries, we will again board the bus for ride out onto the battlefield, where over the next two hours PM Sheldon Munn will guide us through some of the pivotal moments of the three day battle.  Our tour will end with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Friend to Friend Masonic memorial after which we will return to Herndon.

Our Masonic guide for the day
Once arriving at the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park, at approximately 9:00 AM, we will meet PM Sheldon Munn.  Brother Munn is with Lafayette Lodge No. 194 F&AM in Selinsgrove, PA; was a Gettysburg National battlefield Park guide; authored “Freemasons at Gettysburg”; and was the driving force behind the creation of the Friend to Friend Masonic memorial in the Gettysburg National Battlefield Park Cemetery.  The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania dedicated the memorial in 1993 honoring Brother Bingham, a Union officer assisting Brother Armistead, a Confederate General on July 3, 1863.


7:30 AM Leave Herndon Lodge No. 264 parking lot
9:30 AM Arrive at the Visitors Center/Museum
9:30AM – 11:30AM Tour the Museum
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Tour the battlefield
– Start at the Eternal Light
– Cemetery Ridge
– West Confederate Avenue
– Little Round Top
– High Water mark
3:20 PM – 4:00 PM Lay Wreath at the Friend to Friend Monument
4:10 PM – 6:00 PM Travel back to Herndon

Cost per person

Total Cost – Transportation & Museum – $35.00

Sign up by February 28th 2011
Please fill out this form and attach a check to get your spot on this exciting trip. We have room on the bus for the first 50 who sign up, so don’t wait.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Bro. Bob Tagg at 703-408-6762 or send him an email .

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