Please be advised that all Wadsworth Lodge events have been postponed until further notice

First meeting of 2020

Info on the 2020 Totten essay contest may be found here: "TOTTEN".

Albany Masonic Temple

Wadsworth Lodge No. 417, F. & A.M., held its first meeting on January 26, 1856 at 53 State Street, Albany, New York. It was then granted a Charter by Grand Lodge of New York State on June 6, 1857. The lodge was instituted and officers installed by R.·.W.·. A. Wharton.    R.·.W.·. Ebenezer Wadsworth became the first Master, serving two years, and was also the lodge's first R.·.W.·. brother.

For the first forty years, Wadsworth Lodge was located at several places in downtown Albany.
In 1896, the lodge moved into it present quarters in the newly constructed Albany Masonic Temple on Lodge Street. The temple stands within sight of the New York State Capitol building.

The Albany Temple is built on the same site, where, on May 12th, 1768, the cornerstone was laid for the first lodge house built and owned by a Masonic lodge (Master's Lodge No.5) in North America.

Since that time, this property has remained continuously vested in the hands of the Masonic Fraternity, the oldest such property known to exist in the world.

Officers of Wadsworth Lodge
Front row (l to r): Ken White, John Haight, Andy Groff, Paul Baum, Rob Emory, Donovan White
Second row (l to r): Alan Druckman, Joe Pozefsky,
Third row (l to r): Paul Bailey, Charlie Semowich, Lou Emory, Ken Brown
Fourth row (l to r): Geoff Hoderath, Steve King

Senior Warden:

Junior Warden:


Assistant Treasurer:


Assistant Secretary:

Senior Deacon:

Junior Deacon:


Senior Master of Ceremony:

Junior Master of Ceremony:







Lodge Brotherhood Fund Chairman:






Masonic Hall Rep:

Masonic Hall Rep:

W.·. Paul Baum

W.·. John E. Haight

W.·. Andrew T. Groff

Bro. Donovan R. White

R.·. W.·. Stephen S. King

W.·. Paul F. Bailey

W.·. Andrew T. Groff

Bro. Kenneth Brown

Bro. Nicholas J. Blais

R.·. W.·. James J. Van de Wal

Bro. Alan Druckman


Bro. Timothy M. Martin


W.·. Bruce J. Susser

W.·. Rev. Dr. Charles J. Semowich

R.·. W.·. Geoffrey T. Hoderath

Bro. Steven M. Conant

Bro. Timothy M. Martin

R.·. W.·. Stephen S. King

W.·. Edward S. Kosinski

Bro. Timothy M. Martin

R.·. W.·. Jerome A. McCall

R.·. W.·. Ronald H. Noll

W.·. Bruce J. Susser

Bro. Douglas Kantrowitz

Wadsworth Lodge meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays, in season. Please contact the Secretary for more information on visiting the lodge.

We were treated to an historic event at our second Stated Communication of 2007 when we reinstituted the old Wadsworth custom of having our Past Masters put on our first Entered Apprentice Degree of the season. Wadsworth was fortunate to have many Past Masters who are willing to contribute their time and talents to the operation of our Lodge. Eighteen Past Masters participated in this degree and all parts, from the Master to the Tiler, were filled by Past Masters.

Past Master of Wadsworth Lodge

Grand Lodge of New York, F&AM

Old 17th Masonic District

Valley of Albany: Scottish Rite

Inside the Masons an excellent article

Pietre-Stones: Review of Freemasonry

General Grand Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star

Masonic Service Association of North America

DeMolay International

George Washington Masonic National Memorial

Bro. DeWitt Clinton's Address on Masonry: 1793

The Founding Lodges at Albany, 1758

Anti-Masonry: Points of View

This web site was originally created and maintained by Distinguished Brother Robert Fickies as a service to his Masonic brothers.

This site was last updated -- July 3, 2020