Just when we thought tourist season was winding down, this week Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons, is releasing his latest book The Lost Symbol, a fictional novel about Masonic symbolism in Washington, DC.
While Freemasonry is a fascinating part of DC’s history, Brown’s typical mention of imagined artifacts is expected to majorly increase traffic at the local historical sites that he describes in the book. Their names have not yet been released, but a few, like the Masonic Temple in Alexandria, can obviously see it coming. I wonder if he used the mini map of the city at Freedom Plaza?
While ultimately this book provides free publicity, I can imagine it would get a little old when tourists come to your historical site looking for the non-existent characteristics mentioned in Brown’s books. WaPo reports on how our European counterparts are still reeling from this phenomenon.
I’m sure we’ll have fun with it for a while. Just go visit those Freemasonry sites you’ve been meaning to see for 7 years THIS WEEKEND before there’s a line of 25,000 people in front of you to get in.