A Brief Recap of the George Washington Gavel’s Long History

By D.A. Banks
Posted August 14, 2018 at 5:43pm
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Among the oldest artifacts at the Capitol Visitor Center today is the marble gavel that the nation’s first president used in a Masonic ceremony to lay the building’s cornerstone. But it’s not a relic — the gavel is still used by the local Georgetown Masonic lodge, a symbol of living history as old as the Capitol itself.