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Odd Fellows Home and School

by Ted Powell, 2006Postcard of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Orphan Home in Goldsboro, N.C. "Publ. for C.F. Griffin, Goldsboro, by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y."  Image courtesy of ECU Libraries.

The Odd Fellows Home and School for the Orphaned Children of North Carolina was built on East Ash Street at the corner of Herman Street in Goldsboro by the Grand Lodge of the North Carolina Odd Fellows. It was located on a 20-acre tract of land donated in 1891 by W. A. Peacock, a member of the local Odd Fellows lodge, and his wife, Hattie. The first child was admitted to the home on 9 May 1892. The home provided for 960 children before closing in 1971. The property was sold to the city of Goldsboro in the late 1970s and became part of a city park. The Wayne County Public Library was built on a portion of the land.

Additional Resources:

Odd Fellows Home NC Historical Marker F-53:

Thomas, Preston. 1972. History, Odd Fellows Home, Goldsboro, N.C., 1892-1970

Image Credit:

Postcard of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Orphan Home in Goldsboro, N.C. "Publ. for C.F. Griffin, Goldsboro, by the Albertype Co., Brooklyn, N.Y." c1900-1920.  Image courtesy of ECU Libraries. Available from (accessed June 13, 2012).

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Hi Kristi,

I’m afraid I don’t understand your question. I’m not sure if it was directed at the article, or another comment.

I am sent you an email to connect you to Reference Services at the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library. There are some Genealogy Librarians on staff that may be able to help you in your research, if you are looking for information about your father’s mother.

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Digital Information Management Program, Government & Heritage Library


Was wondering if you keep records of children back in the early 1920s. Our mother (Mary Elizabeth Dix or Dick) was adopted by Mittie & Ernest R. Humphrey of Jones County when she was a child. She was born Feb. 3, 1921.

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