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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: https://www.ncdcr.gov/about/history/division-historical-resources/nc-highway-historical-marker-program/Markers.aspx?MarkerId=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 http://digital.lib.ecu.edu/243#details (accessed June 13, 2012).

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Comment: 

Hello. My dad and 5 siblings was placed there in the late 1930’s early 1940’s when there father died his birth name was Decator Moses I believe he was there 10 or 12 years. When he was 18 he changed his name to Billy Moses and joined the Air Force. He talked about this place all the time. Would tell me stories about laying out the water hose so it would heat up the water for a shower lol. I would love to here more stories about the place. Sad it’s no longer there I would enjoying seeing it. My dad lived there most of his childhood. Thank you

Comment: 

Hi Debra,

Thank you for visiting NCpedia and especially for sharing your father's story and his connection to the Odd Fellows Home and School.

I suggest checking back on the comments section of this article. Future readers might share their stories as well. 

Kind regards,

Molly Goldston, NC Government & Heritage Library 

Comment: 

My mother Doris Catheleen Riggs was adopted by Pearl and Thomas Riggs. She always celebrated her birthday on November 6 (1920). I am trying to find who her biological parents were. . My mother never new her biological parents and always wondered what they were like.

I really appreciate any information you can give me!

Thank you so very much!

Kathy Toler

Comment: 

Hello Kathy,

Thank you very much for sharing your question on NCpedia. 

To find adoption records about your mother, you will need to contact the Clerk of Superior Court in the county where your mother was born. However, the records may be sealed. You might also try contacting the Register of Deeds office for the same county to obtain her birth certificate. 

I hope this is helpful! If you have additional questions, feel free to reach out to the Government & Heritage Library at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov.

Kind regards,

Molly Goldston, NC Government & Heritage Library

Comment: 

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.

Comment: 

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.

Sincerely,

Christi Hiatt, MS, History, Ed.

Comment: 

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.

regards,

Rachel Roscoe Brock

Comment: 

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.

Comment: 

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
 

Comment: 

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

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