“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Oxford in Granville County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

Oxford Orphanage

Oxford Orphanage Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 10, 2010
1. Oxford Orphanage Marker
Inscription. Opened by Masons, 1873, with John H. Mills first head, in plant of St. Johns College, which they had operated 1858–1861.
Erected 1975 by Division of Archives and History. (Marker Number G-7.)
Location. 36° 19.12′ N, 78° 35.643′ W. Marker is in Oxford, North Carolina, in Granville County. Marker is at the intersection of College Street (U.S. 15) and Alexander Avenue, on the right when traveling north on College Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 College St., Oxford NC 27565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mary Potter Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Katherine Blount Skinner Lassiter (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oxford Female College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Horner Military School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Henry P. Cheatham (approx. 1.5 miles away); Nat’l Rochester
Oxford Orphanage Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 10, 2010
2. Oxford Orphanage Marker
(approx. 1.7 miles away); Central Orphanage of North Carolina (approx. 2.1 miles away); Harris Meeting House (approx. 4.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Oxford.
Regarding Oxford Orphanage. It is now known as The Masonic Home for Children at Oxford.
Also see . . .  The Oxford Orphanage. “On a cold, bleak Saturday afternoon in February 1873, Robert L. and Nancy Parrish and Isabelle Robertson, all from Granville County, were received into the home. Past Grand Master Francis D. Winston recalled the scene: ‘I was a student at Oxford in the Horner Military Academy and saw Mr. Mills receive the first orphan at this institution. I shall not forget the scene. I had gone there to carry a bundle of clothing collected from my fellow students. It was on Saturday afternoon. A dull cloud hung in the sky. A man with a one-horse wagon drove to the door. Mr. Mills, with gruff voice, asked his mission. He told it. The gigantic form of our friend shook
St. John's Administration Building Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, February 10, 2010
3. St. John's Administration Building
with emotion. He lifted the pale youth from the wagon with the paw of a lion. He raised him in the air, and with melting pity and tears, let him drop upon his heart and kissed him. It was indeed the caress of the lion, but it was truly the caress of love’.” (Submitted on February 12, 2010.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 731 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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