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The Slumbering Lodge

The Slumbering Lodge of Hibernating Governors was founded in 1908 by George Washington Hensel Jr. of Quarryville, PA. Mr. Hensel died in 1943 but his Lodge lives on, with about 250 reported members.

The headquarters of the Slumbering Lodge is also known as the Chateau at White Rock or the Slumbering Groundhog Lodge. It is located near Quarryville PA on the banks of the mighty West Branch of the Octoraro Creek. It's an idyllic place, situated next to the lovely White Rock Forge covered bridge and surrounded by wooded hills and cow pastures.

Each lodge member belongs to a squad, each squad with its own traditions, responsibilities and symbols:

  • Baldy Squad
  • Dill Pickle Squad
  • Dunked Squad
  • Shale Belt Squad
  • SNOOP Squad
  • Tally Ho Squad

Lodge members are entitled to all ranks and privileges pertaining thereunto, including the right to wear the official uniform of the Hibernating Governors: a white nightshirt (signifying the winter slumber of the groundhog) and a black top hat.

The current head of the Hibernating Governors is Richard M. Rankin. He was elected in 2009 after Dr. James Pennington held the post for 28 years.

photo copyright Lancaster New Era, Jan 28, 2001

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