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Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows

 
 
Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, March 16, 2013
1. Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Marker
Inscription. The first story was built in 1812 as the first female free school in Virginia endowed by Mrs. Martha Washington and Mr. W. B. Dandredge. Potomac Lodge No. 38 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows purchased the property on November 15, 1841 and erected the second story. During the Civil War the first floor was used to stable the horses of the Federal troops and the second floor served as a hospital. After the Civil War the lower floor was leased to Father Carne who for many years conducted the St. Johnís Military Academy. Several of the churches in Alexandria were organized herein. Dedicated to the principals of the Order, friendship, love and truth, many outstanding citizens of Alexandria have taken part in its operation.
 
Erected by Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
 
Location. 38° 48.42′ N, 77° 2.87′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia. Marker is on North Columbus Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 218 North Columbus Street, Alexandria VA 22314, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Alexandria's First Sugar Refinery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of First Synagogue of Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, March 16, 2013
2. Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows Marker
The marker is visible on the building. The building's present appearance reflects the revised architecture of the Odd Fellows Lodge rather than the appearance of the original school.
(about 300 feet away); Lloyd House (about 300 feet away); Alexandria Library Sit-In (about 400 feet away); Home of Henry Lee (about 600 feet away); Lord Fairfax House (about 600 feet away); Historic Street (about 700 feet away); Friendship Fire Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Regarding Lodge No. 38, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. The building was renovated and converted into six homes by Holland and Associates Architects in 1980.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Alexandria Quarterly article on "The Educational Use of the Property". (Submitted on July 27, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. This page has been viewed 422 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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