American history visits Endicott

By Conor Mooney

June 15, 2013 Updated Jun 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM EDT

Endicott, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Masons placed a major piece of American history on display at Round Hill Lodge in Endicott on Saturday.

Those in attendance were able to see the Bible used during the inauguration of the nation's first president, George Washington.

The Bible is normally on display at Federal Hall on Wall Street.

Masons from St. John's Lodge in New York City brought to the Southern Tier as part of Round Hill's 150 anniversary.

Even though the Bible is primarily associated with George Washington, its history in inaugurations goes even beyond that.

"It's been used since used by Harding, by Eisenhower, by Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush," said Piers Vaughan of St. John's #1 lodge in New York City.

Saturday, the Bible was opened to the same page that Washington took oath, which was Genesis, Chapter 49, and tells the story of Jacob blessing his 12 sons.

Washington believed it was symbolic of him and the 13 colonies.

Members of Round Hill Lodge say Saturday was the first time that particular Bible has been to the facility, and will probably be the last given its age.

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