About Duval Lodge

William Pope Duval, first provincial governor of Florida.
William Pope Duval, first provincial governor of Florida.


Stated communications are the first and third Tuesdays of the month. The Lodge is dark in the month of August.

Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m., the Lodge opens at 7:30 p.m.


Duval Lodge No. 159 F. & A. M. was chartered January 19th, 1906.  The Lodge is named for William Pope Duval, the first provincial governor of Florida, and his brother, John Pope Duval, Florida’s first Grand Master.

Duval’s first Worshipful Master was Frank Stephens.  Since his time in the East, many of the Lodge’s past Masters have gone on to distinguish themselves in the higher Masonic degrees or in the Florida Grand Lodge.  Among them, R⸫W⸫ Curtis F. Archer (1951) and R⸫W⸫ Charles W. Snead (1969), who went on to serve as District Deputy Grand Masters.  Most notably, however, is our own M⸫W⸫ Wilbur W. Masters Jr., who went on to serve as Grand Master of Masons for the State of Florida subsequent to his 1939 reign as Duval Lodge’s Master.

Since it’s establishment, Duval Lodge has been an integral part of our community, reflecting not only the rich diversity, but also the character and distinction of our historic river city.

The Lodge Seal

The seal of Duval Lodge, adopted January, 2017.

The current Duval Lodge seal was designed by Bro. E.J. Christy as a gift to the Lodge, and was unanimously adopted at the stated communication on January 17th, 2017, nearing the Lodge’s 111th anniversary.  In this arrangement the traditional square and compass is featured prominently against the backdrop of the Jacksonville city skyline by day, as seen from the south side of the St. John’s river where the Lodge is located.  We invite you to click on the seal to the right to see a much larger version.  Once there, you can click your browser’s back button to return to this page.