Washington was among many founding fathers who were Masons, including Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. The Marquis de Lafayette was also a Mason. These men exemplified freemasonry's major values--the belief in a God or a higher being, brotherhood, loyalty, charity, education and justice. Masonry was a theme throughout Washington's life, and was observed at his death. Colonel William Payne, a fellow member of Lodge No. 22, whom Washington had known for over 40 years, was an honorary pallbearer at Washington's funeral. Payne wore an impressive Masonic apron of cream-colored silk with nearly 30 symbols of the Masonic brotherhood. Our Masonic George Washington caroler is wearing a reproduction of Brother Payne's apron and is holding a bible and gavel. This apron is an important part of Mount Vernon's permanent collection. The approximately 14" tall George Washington, the Mason, 4th edition Byers' Choice Caroler is handcrafted in Pennsylvania and is available exclusively at Mount Vernon.