Brother Robb Receives Lodge No. 43 Pin

Brother Almore G. Robb Sr., a resident at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, received his lodge pin during from Brother Tom Hopta, Worshipful Master, Brother Michael Riggi, and Brother William Steele during Lodge No. 43’s official visiting to the Masonic Village.

Brother Robb said he didn’t expect the visit, but was most appreciative to meet his brothers.

Happy Birthday, Brother Jim

Today is James Buchanan’s 221st birthday. It’s only fitting that Lodge No. 43 recognize this date – afterall, we are the ONLY lodge in Pennsylvania that ever had one of its members become President of the United States. Brother James Buchanan (did you know his real name is James Buchanan, Jr.?) served at the 15th president of the US.

Buchanan  was born in a log cabin in Cove Gap (now Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park), Franklin County, Pennsylvania, on April 23, 1791, he moved to Lancaster and became a member of Lodge No. 43, and served as Worshipful Master.


Brother John Smuck Visted by Lodge 43 Worshipful Master

During the official day of visitation at the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown, in addition to members of Lodge 43, the Worshipful Master, Brother Tom Hopta, visited Brother John Smuck. Brother Smuck, a resident at the Mssonic Village, offered a bright smile and appearewd delighted to be visited.

Lodge 43 Visits Masonic Village in Elizabethtown

Today, Lodge No. 43, F. & A.M. visited the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown. Fifteen members met at the Three Loaves cafeteria, enjoyed a light lunch and the fellowship, and then broke up into teams to visit the residents and widows of those associated with Lodge 43.


MORE images from the Lodge 43 visit will be posted on our blog soon.

Masons Visit James Buchanan Graveside Ceremony

Here is a few images from Saturday, April 21st’s graveside Ceremony at President James Buchanan Grave in Lancaster, PA. Thanks to photographer George Sheldon for these shots.

The three masons (members of Lodge No. 43) in the images are: Brothers Joshua Parmer, Senior Deacon; Brett Cook, Senior Master of Ceremonies; and Kyle Slaymaker, Tyler.



Lodge No. 43, F. & A. M.

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Whereas, the practice of Freemasonry remains strong and steadfast in the County of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and for its own part, Lodge No. 43, Free & Accepted Masons rededicates itself to the engagement of all its members, but most especially those that are residents of the Masonic Village of Elizabethtown.

Whereas, involving the newest members of our lodge and the fraternity is in the best interest of Freemasonry and directly results in better practice, understanding, and appreciation of the craft; and

Whereas, it is our duty to make certain our brothers that are residents of the Masonic Village deserve our oversight and they are not in want,; and

Whereas, Lodge No. 43, F. & A M. recognizes that some of our brothers, now in their golden years, may have special needs or require our assistance in some way, ; and

Now, I, Brother Thomas E. Hopta, Worshipful Master of Lodge No. 43, F. & A M., hereby declare and proclaim that the 21st day of April, 2012, shall be ever known as an official day of visitation and brotherhood among all the members of this lodge residing at the Masonic Village; that it is my will and pleasure that as many members of this lodge that are not a resident of the Masonic Village shall visit those that are; that our purpose to visit our brethren that are residents of the Masonic Village in Elizabethtown is to provide fellowship and determine any special needs or requirements; and by this proclamation, let it be known to all members of Lodge No. 43, F. & A M. that this lodge will never forget our brothers that are residents of the Masonic Village of Elizabethtown.

I hereby encourage and request that all members of Lodge No. 43, F. & A M. that possibly can visit the Masonic Village of Elizabethtown on April 21 st, 2012, to participate in our -offici-al day of visitation.

I hereby affix my signature this 14th day of March, 2012 AD., 6012 AL.

Thomas E. Hopta Worshipful Master


George G. Sheldon, Jr. Secretary