Open To Public
The Tourism Department of the Greene County Partnership has announced plans for the 2013 Andrew Johnson Masonic Celebration on Friday and Saturday at various locations in Greeneville and Greene County.
This year, several special Masonic celebrations are planned to honor famous Tennessee Masons -- three of whom called Greeneville home.
The seventeenth President of the United States, Andrew Johnson, famed pioneer Davy Crockett, and minister-educator Dr. Samuel Doak are among the most famous Masons in Northeast Tennessee.
Crockett was born at Limestone, Johnson's home was in Greeneville for most of his life, and Doak came to this area in 1780 as a Presbyterian minister and educator.
The celebration will begin with a Lodge Open House on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..
The open house will offer the public an opportunity to learn more about Free Masonry and the Masonic Heritage of Upper East Tennessee, according to a Partnership news release.
Friday evening, the lodge will host a Master Mason Degree Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the lodge.
To participate, attendees must have a current dues card. The cost is $8 per person.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, a wreath-laying and Masonic Marker Dedication will take place at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, at Limestone.
The event is open to the public, and everyone interested is welcome to attend.
During the dedication, the Grand Master and other Grand Lodge officers will plant a dogwood tree and place an inscribed granite Masonic marker.
Following the dedication, a spokesperson will give a brief talk on Davy Crockett.
The Grand Commandery of Tennessee-Knights Templar will escort the Most Masterful Grand Master, Grand Lodge officers and other dignitaries in procession to President Andrew Johnson's tomb atop Monument Hill for a wreath-laying ceremony.
This event is also open to the public. Those who wish to attend are asked to park at Hal Henard Elementary School on East Vann Road and board the Greene Coach shuttles.
The main entrance to the Andrew Johnson National Cemetery will be closed to all vehicle travel at noon Saturday.
Beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, the Grand Procession will march from the cemetery gate to the tomb, accompanied by bagpipes played by PGC Terry Plemons.
A short presentation on the life of President Andrew Johnson will follow.
After the conclusion of the ceremonies, attendees will reassemble at the main entrance of the National Cemetery for transportation back to the Hal Henard parking lot.
On Saturday evening, members of the Masonic Fraternity, their wives and guests are invited to a banquet on the terrace of the General Morgan Inn, beginning at 6 p.m.
The meal price is $30 per person and must be paid in advance.
For more information on this event, please contact J.C. Jones at 423-552-8187.