Doors open to explore one of Springfield's historic gems this weekend – Springfield News Sun

On a hill overlooking the Mad River Valley, the Springfield Masonic Neighborhood appears to be like very very like a fort.

In actual fact that’s how most of us describe it whereas giving instructions. (Take the exit subsequent to the fort on the hill.)

For 125 years this beautiful building has dominated Springfield’s southwest horizon, however what number of of us have ever gone into that fort? What number of of us have surveyed our tree-crammed metropolis from these heights? The Masonic Neighborhood hopes that after this Sunday, extra individuals shall be in a position to reply, “I've.”

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The 33rd annual Masonic House Day shall be held on June four and admission is free. Starting at 11 a.m., the campus will welcome neighbors and surrounding communities for a superb outdated-common-type celebration that features excursions of the campus, youngsters’s actions and a few improbable meals vehicles. The Masonic Heritage Museum will even have its grand opening on that day.

You could have to come again one other time to see all of the museum. Jason Zielinski, company director of advertising and communication, tells me it’s full of fascinating data and shows.

This House Day is especially particular as a result of the Masonic Neighborhood can be celebrating 125 years because the cornerstone was positioned for the primary constructing, the fort. And June 24 can be the 300th anniversary of the fashionable Masonic Fraternity, which started in London, England, in 1717. A parade across the grounds begins at three p.m. and wraps up the day with music, clowns, traditional vehicles, characters and the well-known Shriners’ mini-vehicles. Actions conclude at four:30 p.m.

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Chad Simpson, who’s director of program improvement for the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio, defined that the constructing’s mission has modified through the years. The unique Masonic House of 125 years in the past was primarily for orphans. At the moment behind the fort there’s a big, various campus with a number of fashionable buildings and a range of functions for adults 55 and older.

It actually does appear to be a picturesque city again there with shade timber, lovely lawns and gardens. There are unbiased dwelling houses and flats, as well as to assisted-dwelling flats and the massive expert nursing care facility. There’s even a brand new constructing for these with dementia. Different memorable buildings embody a print store, a stunning constructing for conferences and events, and areas for picnics.

I used to be additionally shocked to be taught that these amenities at the moment are additionally out there to seniors over the age of 55 who aren’t Masons.

As Simpson, who works in that massive fort, defined to me, the campus has a popularity for being very welcoming. He feels that the pure “esprit de corps,” camaraderie and fellowship that Masons have developed from their years of service helps them attain out to new residents to make them really feel at residence.

It’s one of Springfield’s hidden gems and I hope members of the group will settle for this provide to go to and explore the Masonic Neighborhood on the hill. It’s one of Clark County’s lovely treasures.


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Doors open to explore one of Springfield's historic gems this weekend - Springfield News Sun