Little Colonel Playhouse Masonic Emblem web


The article below was written by Amanda Manning of The Oldham Era and appeared in the July 2, 2015 issue...


"During a windstorm in 2008, the Pewee Valley’s Masonic Lodge’s emblem blew off of the Little Colonel Playhouse.  Masonic members Gene Crady and Kevin Reardon searched through the rubble for their fraternity’s symbolic emblem, but could not find it. 

When Crady and Reardon later found out that The Little Colonel Playhouse was going to be on the National Register of Historic Places, they wanted to be part of it since it was originally their lodge.  Seven years later, a new emblem has been made and placed at the top of the Little Colonel Playhouse. The playhouse is one of 46 places in Oldham County on the National Historic Register.

The Masonic Lodge was originally in The Olde Sweet Shopee building, and then moved to The Little Colonel Playhouse in 1912.  “They allowed us to put that emblem on the building because it used to be ours before it was theirs,” Crady said about the Board of Directors at the Little Colonel Playhouse.  Enough funds were raised from Pewee Valley members and honorary members for the emblem. The old emblem was engraved in stone, while the new one is cast out of aluminum.

The bottom section of the emblem is the Masonic square symbol, and the top is the Masonic compass symbol. The members now meet above the old firehouse building in Crestwood.  “We use the square to square our actions in the eyes of man, we try to be an upright and moral fraternity,” Crady explained.  “The compass is to encompass our thoughts and our fellow man.”  According to the Masonic Lodge of Education, the G in the middle of the emblem stands for the Great Architect of the Universe and Geometry, which is the mathematical science that masonry was founded from.

Freemasonry is the oldest fraternity in the world, tracing back to stonemasonry guilds during the 14th century.  The Pewee Valley Masonic Lodge was created in 1910 and currently has 120 members ranging from World War II veterans to older teenagers.  Members must be male, petition for their membership and be represented by a brother of that lodge.  According to Crady, someone from out of state or somebody that you think so much of that you give them an honorary membership is an honorary member.

The Pewee Valley Masonic Lodge meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6415 Railroad Avenue above the old firehouse. The meetings are open to the public. 

The Little Colonel Playhouse is located at 302 Mount Mercy Drive."