Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio take over Marietta

MARIETTA, Ohio Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio hosted its 210th Annual Communication at Marietta College, Saturday.

The first Grandmaster of the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio was General Rufus Putnam who also founded Marietta. Despite, the history the Grand Lodge Annual Communication had never been in Marietta.

Masonry is one of the oldest fraternal organizations in the country. Masons believe in three primary things which is brotherly love, relief, and truth.

Grandmaster Jess Raines is a Marietta native and really pushed to have the ceremony in Marietta.

"Free masonry entered this area of the state back in 1788, right here on the banks of the Muskingum and Ohio Rivers and so we're very proud of what we've been able to achieve here this weekend. It's been an overwhelming success and I hope it has been for the entire community," said Raines.

Organizers say, there were over 2000 Masons in Marietta this weekend and that it is a nice economic boost for the city.

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