Master's Message

It is with my greatest sincerity that I express how honored I am to be appointed as Worshipful Master of Excelsior Lodge No.3. Please be patient as I prepare my Worshipful Masters message. Thank you.

Sincerely, Worshipful master

Nelson K. Carter Jr.


Twenty six Prince Hall Masons, residing in the Hartford area, petitioned Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of New York to open a Lodge in Harford and was granted a warrant.  The warrant was dated May 14, 1859 and was presented on May 26, 1859.Designated as Excelsior Lodge No. 16, the first installed officers were Henry Nott, Worshipful Master,Holdridge Primus, Senior Warden; David Smith, Junior Warden; Jeremiah Jacobs, Treasurer and John F. Rodney, Secretary.

Early records indicated that in 1873, there was a growing sentiment that the best interests of freemasonry could be served by forming a Grand Lodge in Connecticut. On September 9, 1873, Excelsior No. 16 sent out a committee, Frederick O. Cross, R.B. Mason, and James H. Ralston to communicate with the several Connecticut Lodges to determine their feelings and interests on this matter. After several meetings, delegates from Widow’s Son No. 10, New Haven, Eureka No. 15, of Norwich: Doric Lodge No. 33 of Bridgeport and Excelsior Lodge No. 16 of Hartford, a final meeting was held on November 3, 1873 in Hartford where The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Connecticut was instituted. The four (4) Lodges returned their original warrants to The Grand Lodge of New York and new warrants and new numbers were issued by the newly formed Grand Lodge of Connecticut. Excelsior Lodge was renumbered to 3.

From 1859 to 1937, the early meeting places of Excelsior were many. In 1937, the Lodge held its’ meetings at St Monica Episcopal Church, 33 Mather Street in Hartford. In 1954 under the able leadership of Worshipful Master George N. Brown, Excelsior Lodge No. 3 purchased the property located at 2 Mahl Avenue, our present site. On June 8, 1954 Most Worshipful Grand Master Haskell B. Holman and his entire cabinet officially dedicated the converted Jewish Synagogue as a Masonic edifice. This has been Excelsior’s home for the past 57 years.

We Grow Leaders

"Remember that a strong character leads to trust and trust is the foundation of leadership."

Worshipful Master   Nelson Carter Jr.

Senior Warden        Adam Mullen

Junior Warden        Robert Decordova

Treasurer                William Randolph

Secretary                Al Collins Jr.

Bro. Harold Abrams
Bro. Ashlon Banks
Bro. Charles Barfield
Bro. Richard Blades
Bro. Nelson K. Carter Sr
Bro. Nelson K. Carter Jr
Bro. Robert DeCordova
Bro. Oren Ferris
Bro. Lewis Fyles
Bro. Jeff Gilbert
Bro. Virgil Griffin
Bro. Marcus Harris
Bro. Peter Higgins
Bro. Gregory Hill
Bro. Aaron Howard
Bro. Robert Howard
Bro Lee Huguley
Bro. Ernesto Jacobs
Bro. Samuel Kelley
Bro. Garfield King
Bro. Richard Lue
Bro. Rodney Matthews
Bro. Steve McDonald
Bro. Kenneth McClary

Bro. Adam Mullen
Bro. Arthur Oliver
Bro. Michael Patterson
Bro. Ewan Sheriff
Bro. Ulysses Stanley Jr.
Bro. George Sutherland
Bro. Jason Sutherland
Bro. Ross Sutherland
Bro. David Taylor Sr.
Bro. David Taylor Jr.
Bro. Steve Taylor
Bro. Adrian Texidor
Bro. Anthony Williams
Cecil Alston 
Wilfred Anderson 
Rodney Andrews 
Kenneth Bennett 
Michael Bivans*
William Butler Sr. 
Gregory Carter 
L’Overture Carter 
Abe Chappell 
Alfred Collins Sr. 
Alfred Collins Jr. 
Willie E. Foster

*Past Grand Master
George Foy 
Alexander Jarvis* 
Riley Johnson Jr. 
Bernard Lawrence 
Lorenzo Lumpkin
William Randolph* 
Ricky Reed 
Franklin Richardson 
Lummie Spann 
Gary Stanley
George Sutherland III 
Earl Thompson
Lenworth Walker
Ross Sutherland

Events & Lodge Offerings

Event Space

  • The rental space includes Second Floor main hall and kitchen, The halls will easily accommodate 75 people. All of the amenities necessary to support your event are available, from tables and chairs to full catering. Please contact the Lodge for further information or to book your next big event at 860.878.5260.
Excelsior Lodge No.3


  • The scholarship was developed to give help to graduating high schools seniors as they pursue their professional career through education with hopes that the individuals will one day give back and contribute to their communities. Excelsior Lodge No.3 awards three $500 scholarships. Please download forms below for qualifications and application.

Past Masters Luncheon

Excelsior Lodge No. 3
2 Mahl Avenue
Hartford, CT 06120
P (860) 249 8921

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