Full-size carving of George Washington heads to new home in Elizabethtown
LINDSEY BLEST | Staff Writer Dec 5, 2017
A full-size carving of George Washington was packed up in Lancaster on Tuesday for a 20-mile trip to its new home in Elizabethtown.
The wooden statue has been in the Masonic Center of Lancaster County for several years, where it was kept with other artifacts on the fourth floor of the 213 W. Chestnut St. building, according to Samuel Fleming, previous master of Lodge 43. The statue was moved to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, where it will be seen by more people. “We’d rather have
it be available to more people to appreciate it and look at it,” Fleming said. The statue was displayed at the Lancaster Heritage Center in 1974 and was moved to the mason’s center after the museum closed in 2011, Fleming said. He and other masons are not sure who the sculptor is, but think it was carved about 200 years ago.“We really can’t justify leaving it here (at the Masonic Center). It needs a special kind of atmosphere,” Fleming said.