BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.VA. -- As the cold wind swirled Saturday at the construction site of the new Morgan County Courthouse on Fairfax Street, more than 200 people watched a cornerstone-laying ceremony provided by the local Masonic Delford A.F.&A.M. Lodge 88.
On Aug. 8, 2006, the courthouse was destroyed by fire. Soon after, the Masons received permission from the Morgan County Commission to perform the ceremony to commemorate the new building.
Wearing aprons, some with gold fringe, about 100 Masons participated in the procession to the site. West Virginia Grand Lodge officers performed the ritual, including Grand Master Jerry E. Lewis, who led the ceremony.
A time capsule was placed inside the cornerstone with mementos.
Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said the capsule contents provided by the Morgan County Commission include a list of all of the Morgan County Courthouse complex employees as of Nov. 12, 2008, including their start dates, and a list of elected officials.