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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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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


I just found out from my aunt that my grandmother (Arabella Delamar) was sent to this Odd Fellows home about August of 1893. She was 4 months old. My aunt says there is a photo somewhere in our family of her at 6 months old -taken by the Odd Fellows Home- and the back says, "Our baby", because she was the youngest they had had at that time. Are there records anywhere that would show when she came there, and how long she stayed? Thank you, June Marshall


June, I was doing some research on my wife's Delamar family line and came across Thomas, Chauncey, and Arabella Delamar. They are listed in the 1900 census as being "inmates" at the IOOF Orphanage. I found an article in the Wilmington newspaper that mentions them as being there as well. None of the 1910 census records show them still at the orphanage. A newspaper article in 1913 tells of the death of Thomas M Delamar in New Mexico. It says that Arabella is living in Wilmington with Mr and Mrs W.W. Hodges on second street.

My question relates to who is their father? On I see that several people have him as Thomas B(enners/enders) Delamar. However, there are two documents related to the children later in life showing his name as Thomas M Delamar. Do you know what is correct? Thanks for your help.


Dear June, 

Since the Odd Fellows School in Goldsboro was a private institution, not receiving government funding, I am not sure who holds their records. It may be worth reaching out to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows to see if they have information that may help you in your research. Their website is 

Good luck in your research!

Michelle Underhill, N.C. Government & Heritage Library


Why did they tear it down you would think they would keep it up cause that's part of history I would have loved to acturally see the inside of this beautiful place some of the history would be awesome


were native American children housed here? the delemars and gray family members were housed here.....

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