Schofield House Pilgrimage

We have again made our pilgrimage down to Madison Indiana to station our youngest Entered Apprentice in the northeast corner of our first Grand Lodge, Schofield House.  Brothers traveled from great distances to join us in this great and good work.  WB Bill Lane, curator of the establishment, welcomed the brothers of Broad Ripple Lodge #643 with great affability and historical remembrance.

Schofield HouseThe Schofield House, also known as the Lanier-Schofield House, is an historic building located in the Madison Historic District of Madison, Indiana in 1817.  On January 13, 1818 fourteen Masons throughout Indiana met at the upstairs meeting room, after agreeing to establish a Grand Lodge for Indiana. Alexander Lanier was himself a Freemason, and his newly built tavern could support a lodge room being set up in the upstairs meeting room. It was here that the constitution to start the Grand Lodge of Indiana was approved, and five lodges from Indiana demitted from the Grand Lodge of Kentucky to form the initial lodges of the Grand Lodge of Indiana

“Entered Apprentices served their Master in former times, and should in modern times, with Freedom, Fervency and Zeal, represented by Chalk, Charcoal, and Clay.  Because there is nothing freer than Chalk, which, upon the slightest touch, leaves a trace behind, nothing more fervent than Charcoal, to which, when properly lighted, the most obdurate metal will yield, nothing more Zealous than Clay, or mother earth, which is constantly employed for man’s use, and is an emblem to remind us that as from It we came, so to it we must also return.” Indiana Monitor and Freemason’s Guide

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Broad Ripple Lodge #643 F&AM

WB Michael Walkup

Past Master WB Michael Walkup

I came to the lodge because I was looking for answers and found a family.

WB Arlie Hartman

Past Master Arlie Hartman

Where fun and fellowship is had by good men.

WB Jacob Mann

Past Master WB Jacob Mann

Broad Ripple Lodge taught me how quickly men can become close friends, and form lifelong bonds. I feel I’ve known many of my fellow masons for a much longer time than I have actually been involved.

WB Lee Hargitt III

Past Master WB Lee Hargitt III

I have been a member here for many years. I have made some of my best friends in life at this Lodge

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