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

Undercover Capitol takes you inside the historic workplace — one video at a time

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.