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    Blood Drive- Saturday 11/12

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Excelsior 261 and Temple 676 will be holding a blood drive this Saturday, November 12th from 11:30am-2:30pm with the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas.  We’ll have hot dogs for lunch for everyone who donates. Also, we will be selling 200 raffle tickets for $10 each with the prize being a 32″ LG LED TV for […]

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    Halloween Festival- Saturday, October 29th

    Saturday, October 29, 2016

      Please come out on Saturday, October 29th as a Halloween festival is hosted at Excelsior! There will be fun and games for the kids, information about youth groups, free hot dogs, and more. masonic-halloween-flier

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    Observing the Craft

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    Andrew Hammer, Past Master and Secretary, Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22, A.F. & A.M., Grand Chancellor, Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia, F.A.A.M. and Past Grand Orator, Grand Lodge of North Carolina, A.F. & A.M., an internationally acclaimed masonic author and speaker will speak on ‘Observing the Craft’ in Excelsior Lodge No. 261 on August […]

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    Traditional Observance Lodge Lecture on June 20th

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Larry Thompson Flyer A special guest lecturer has been scheduled for June 20th at 7pm. Larry Thompson, Past Master of Sophia Lodge #767, Wilkerson Lodge #760, and Blackmer Lodge #127 and presently a Grand Steward in the North Carolina Grand Lodge will be joining us to speak on Traditional Observance Lodges. Sophia Lodge #767 is […]

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    India Grand Lodge Officer Visits Excelsior

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Excelsior welcomed K.S.Sankaran, Past Master of  Mount Lodge #14 in  Chennai, India and Grand Lodge of India Officer at our June Stated Communication on June 6th.

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    Veterans/Anniversaries Night

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016

    Excelsior just had the honor of presenting Bobby Foy, Jerry D. Furr, Joe Barkley, Troy Brown (front row) with 50 year membership certificates and pins. David Carriker (back row) presided over the ceremony.

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    Generational Differences in the Craft Lecture

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    Jeff Morris from the Grand Jeff Morris from the Grand Lodge Speakers Bureau joined us on April 18th to deliver a great lecture on “Generational Differences in the Craft.”

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    Chris Wilcoit Lecture Recap

    Saturday, February 27, 2016

      FEBRUARY 22nd 2016. Excelsior Lodge N0. 261 held an educational session with Brother Chris Wilhoit, Master of Conover Lodge No. 248, speaking on The Lodge System of Masonic Education. Brothers from Excelsior, Temple, and James K. Polk enjoyed learning about a great method to help our members, and especially the candidates working their way through the […]


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Why Freemasonry?

Freemasonry teaches lessons of practical morality using symbolism derived from the “builder’s art” or operative stonemasonry, including working tools such as the plumb, square, and level, and basing much of its teaching on the story of the building of the Temple of Solomon, as recounted in the Hebrew Scriptures. By practical morality is meant knowing […]


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Our Lodge

Excelsior Lodge was founded in 1867 as the 261st Masonic Lodge to be chartered in North Carolina. It was founded in Charlotte, NC by Charlotte businessman and alderman Samuel Wittkowsky and former N.C. Governor, U.S. Senator, and Confederate General Zebulon B. Vance. After the War Between the States, Vance was imprisoned for having served as […]


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It is our hope on this site to provide answers to any questions you may have about Freemasonry – the world’s oldest fraternity. Throughout the ages, men of great character have practiced the ancient arts in our brotherhood, including many great historical figures. Our honored fraternity has been a guiding spirit behind many of the […]