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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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This past 2019.August.31 the Goldsboro, NC Odd Fellows Home held their annual reunion. We learned the “Home” will be demolished in order to make way for a sports complex. Much of the information pertaining to its operations has been given to Wayne County Public Library per Marty Tschetter-Reference Librarian. It has been organized (work-in-progress) of memorabilia from 1891-1971. Vanishing landscapes.


The building should or may be on the National Register of Historic places, and if so, cannot be legally "demolished". There is far too much acceptance of such demolition, and it's a travesty, as it is representative of a wider destruction of American identity. Nazis an Communists often built sports facilities over churches and other traditional places they destroyed, in order to create a new collective identity.
Perhaps such actions should be opposed more often, and with greater success, but we have to be aware, and then more active. I hope the people of Wayne County may save their heritage.


Christi Hiatt, MS, History, Ed.


My great grandfather Oliver Roscoe was wounded and captured during the Civil War. He was at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Greensboro, NC. I was wondering if you may have any information on those soldiers who were then then. He fought for the Confederacy as private for Butlers Volunteers. Thank you for any help.


Rachel Roscoe Brock


My father in law, James Hinson, and his sister Janice Hinson were there in 1956. I would love to get more information on the Odd Fellows home, and possibly a picture.


Dear Margaret,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and especially for taking the time to share your family’s history and your comment.

For additional information about the Oddfellows Home, you may be interested in the additional resources included with the NCpedia article. You’ll see them after the article text.  There is also a photograph of the building included with the article. It comes from the collections of East Carolina University.  

Please let me know if you have additional questions.

Best wishes,
Kelly Agan, Government & Heritage Library


Happened upon this site. My grandfather Lumas Carper Thomas and his siblings were residents of this home. His brother, Preston Thomas wrote a history of the Odd Fellows Home. I see a comment on this website that sites his work but incorrectly identifies him as Thomas Preston.

And here is the name of the work referenced:

Thomas Preston, History of the Odd Fellows Home, 1892-1970, privately published booklet on file in Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History


Dear Linda,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia for letting us know about this error.  

I am forwarding this to the NC Office of Archives and History's Research Branch for update on the highway marker page on their website.  Thank you for alerting us!

And I have also added the pamphlet to the list of resources on the NCpedia article.

Best wishes,
Kelly Agan, NC Government & Heritage Library


Hello my name is Claude Mason Medlin my mother's maiden name with sheets. Her full name was Dorothy Sheets. Somewhere around abouts 1962 to 1964. She was supposed to have been an orphan placed in your school the Odd Fellows Home in Goldsboro North Carolina I am looking for some information you may have on her or maybe even picture. I am very humbly asking you to research this if any way possible so if you have any images or any information at all that you could give me please contact me by my email or my phone number is 919-298-1693 and she passed away August of 03, but all my life before she passed I had heard her talk about me Odd Fellows Home and how they told her how to make biscuits. I'm not sure if your school is up and running into existence anymore but I am sure there was records saved please help me with this matter if any way possible thank you so much for to hearing from.


Dear Claude,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and taking time to share your history and question.  

I have done some searching to see if one of the special collections libraries in the state has records from the home, and unfortunately I do not readily find this.  

I do have a couple of suggestions.  

•    First, you may wish to contact the headquarters for the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  They are headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC.  Here is a link to their website:  They would hopefully know where there historical records are held and if you might be able to get more information.

•    Second, I see that the Research Branch of the North Carolina Office of Archives and History may have a privately published book in their collection about the history of the home.  It is referenced in an historical essay related to the home for the related NC Highway Historical Marker.  Here is a link to the essay about the marker:

And here is the name of the work referenced:

Thomas Preston, History of the Odd Fellows Home, 1892-1970, privately published booklet on file in Research Branch, North Carolina Office of Archives and History 

You may wish to contact the Research Branch to see if there is information in the publication that may be of use.  And since they conducted the research for the highway marker, they may also have more information about any records that survive and where they might be found. Here is their contact information:

Research Branch
North Carolina Office of Archives & History
4610 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4610

Phone: (919) 807-7290
Fax: (919) 733-8807


•    Finally, the State Library of North Carolina does have some publications related to the Odd Fellows, although most relate to the 19th and early 20th century.  Here is a link to search results from our catalog:  If you are able to visit us in Raleigh, you could look at these records.  Otherwise, any of our items that circulate may be available through interlibrary loan and you could request a book through your public library.   Here is a link to the library’s main web page where you’ll find information about our collections and services, location and hours:

I hope this information helps!  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Kelly Agan


You can find more info at Waynesboro park in Goldsboro n.c

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