Masonic Homes, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 1 June 1904-14 March 1913 (The Masonic Order only)


Collection: The Scrapbook Collection

Call No.: MG-434, Box 074

Title: The Masonic Homes, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, 1 June 1904-14 March 1913 (The Masonic Order only)

Dates: 1 June 1904-14 March 1913

Extent: 1 volume     

Creator: George B. Willson, 1856-1929, compiler.

Repository: (Lancaster, Pa.)

Shelving Location: Archives South, Side 22


Description: The development of the Masonic Homes in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania is covered chronologically. George B. Willson contributed information about meetings leading up to and during the construction of the Masonic Homes; the meetings were held at the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles about the corner stone laying ceremony and the building of the Masonic Homes retirement community. Invitations, programs and ribbons for the grand opening event are also found in this volume.


Conditions for Access: Please fill out a call slip for viewing.

Conditions Governing Reproductions: May not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.

Language: English

Source of Acquisition: Source unknown.


Related Materials at

Hershey, Andrew H. Ceremonies for the Laying of the Corner-stone of the Lancaster County Memorial Building. Pennsylvania: The Committee on Library, 1928.

_____. Masonic Homes, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Telegraph Press, 1938.


Subjects: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.

Masonic Homes (Elizabethtown, Pa.)

Charitable organizations — United States — History.





Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)

Lancaster County (Pa.) — History, local.

Elizabethtown (Pa.)

Elizabethtown (Pa.) – History, local.


Administrative/Biographical History: The Masonic Village at Elizabethtown

The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was petitioned by freemason, George B. Willson, to create a retirement community for elderly freemasons. With Willson’s help, The Masonic Homes of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was established in 1910 in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Since the creation of the community in Elizabethtown, four other retirement communities were created in Pennsylvania in the following locations: Sewickley, Warminster, Dallas and Lafayette Hill. On 1 January 2004, all five communities became one entity known as the Masonic Villages of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania. The Masonic Villages are still non-profit retirement communities strictly for Freemasons and their relatives.


Custodial History: Previously housed in the Scrapbook Collection, Book 93.

Cataloged by: CRB, October 2007.

This project was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, ME60112, 2007-2008.