Freemasonry Picnic and 1880s Carnival Open to Public April 13 | Arts & Culture
Masons of Arkansas invite the public to join in their 175th anniversary celebration Saturday, April 13, at the Clayton House. The free event will feature a cookout, an 1880s carnival, and a vignette about four famous area Masons including W. H. H. Clayton, who served as federal prosecuting attorney of Judge Parker’s court.
“Freemasonry has played a huge role in Arkansas’s state history,” says Grand Master of Arkansas Masons Dr. Jarrod Adkisson of Fayetteville. “We are holding four regional celebrations of our 175th anniversary to share our story with everyone. The Clayton House is an extra special location because of the role Mr. Clayton served in this fraternity.” Clayton served as Grand Master Mason in 1885.
The picnic and carnival begin at 11 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., Adkisson will briefly discuss the history of Masonry in Arkansas. At 2 p.m., a vignette by four local history reenactors will feature W. H. H. Clayton; Elias Boudinot, editor of the first Cherokee newspaper; Elias Rector, U.S. Marshal starting in 1830; and Albert Pike, who had a national impact on the Masonic fraternity. The vignette is written and led by local Mason Harold Trisler.
Tours of the Clayton House, family home of W. H. H. Clayton from 1882 to 1897, will be offered; the museum will waive the tour fee and accept donations. The historic house museum is located at 514 North 6th Street. For more information, contact Jack Peters at 479-806-3273 or Harold Trisler at 479-573-2329.