Masonic Treasures

Washington, D.C.
June 26th – June 29th 2015
On June 26
, Washington, D.C. waits to greet you with all of its history. Following breakfast, a tour is
planned at the House of the Temple*. Also known as the headquarters of the Scottish Rite of freemasons,
it is guarded by two sphinxes, inside are vast halls with ancient motifs and Masonic symbols — the doubleheaded
eagle, the famous square-and-compass with the letter G (for God and Geometry). You will also tour
the Eastern Star Headquarters*, which was founded in the late 1800s. After lunch on your own you’ll visit
Old Town Alexandria for tours of Christ Church* and the George Washington Masonic National
Memorial*. You may enjoy some free time in Old Town before dining as a group this evening at a local
restaurant. On June 27
th you will enjoy a visit to the Washington Monument* where you will hear about
its Masonic symbolism. Afterward you will drive by the National Museum of Women in the Arts that was once
the Grand Lodge of Washington, D.C. Next you will have an opportunity to see other memorials such as the
National World War II Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Korean Memorial and the
Lincoln Memorial*. Following lunch on your own, the afternoon is dedicated to the Capitol Hill area which
includes a tour of the Capitol Building* and hopefully a chance to meet with a member from our Florida
Legislative Delegation. After dinner you will embark upon a nighttime memorial tour making stops at the
Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial and the Franklin D. Roosevelt
Memorial*. On June 28th explore Mount Vernon*, George Washington’s estate and resting place, with
your tour leader who will lead you though Washington’s home, tomb and the various buildings which helped
to run this estate. After lunch on your own, you will partake in a humbling experience at Arlington
National Cemetery*, resting place for so many American heroes. Afterward you will visit the Marine
Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima statue), the Air Force Memorial, and the Pentagon Memorial*, created
because of September 11, 2001. After dinner tonight, you will have a photo opportunity outside the gates of
the White House. June 29th, your final day in Washington D.C., allows an opportunity for some free time.
Following hotel checkout, you will load you bags in the coach and taken to the National Mall area. You may
wish to use this time to visit the Smithsonian Museums where you could see more than 137 million
historical objects, works of art and specimens or visit other freemason landmarks on your own. Meet your
coach in the afternoon to return to the train station for your next stop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, PA
June 29th – July 1
st 2015
Philadelphia, once a temporary home of our nation’s capital, is sure to thrill with its art, culture and cuisine. On
June 29th you will arrive in Philadelphia. Dinner will be included. You will spend the morning of June 30th
touring the Masonic Temple*, considered to be one of the wonders of the Masonic world. Following a break
for lunch on your own, a tour is planned at the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and Carpenter’s
Hall*, designed by Brother Robert Smith. Dinner tonight is included at a local restaurant. July 1st is your
final day of sights and will include such sites as Christ Church and Christ Church Burial* – which contains
the graves of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and Library Company of Philadelphia –
founded in 1731 by Brother Benjamin Franklin, Washington Square. Following sightseeing, you will transfer to
the train station for your train home.