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Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F.

 
 
Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2013
1. Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F. Marker
Inscription. The origins of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows can be traced to the creation of beneficial trade societies in England. Composed of craftsmen who practiced a variety of different or "odd" occupations, the purpose of these organizations was to support the needs of members and improve the communities in which they lived. The I.O.O.F. was formally established in this country in 1819. In 1834, the Odd Fellows of North America seperated from the English Order. Some years later a group of Milton residents organized for the purpose of establishing a local lodge. On September 15, 1848, a charter was granted for Golden Rule Lodge #17. In 1853, members voted to buy a suitable piece of land on which to erect a Lodge Hall. The first meeting was held here on January 3, 1855. In later years the Odd Fellows' women's organization, the Rebekahs, also met here. Like many such facilities, this structure was designed to include space for business and community use on the first floor, with a lodge room above. From 1920 until 1980 this was the location of the town's library. Since its organization, Golden Rule Lodge #17 has continued to emphasize the principals of "Friendship, Love, and Truth" through its services to the citizens of Milton.
 
Erected 2007 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker
Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F. and Marker (at left) image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2013
2. Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F. and Marker (at left)
Number SC-216.)
 
Location. 38° 46.469′ N, 75° 18.637′ W. Marker is in Milton, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Atlantic Street (County Road 88) near Chesnut Street (State Route 249), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milton DE 19968, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. John The Baptist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Goshen United Methodist Church (about 400 feet away); Goshen Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Governor Joseph Maull Carey (about 700 feet away); Governor James Ponder (approx. 0.2 miles away); Milton Fire Department, Inc. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rising Sun Lodge #4, F. & A.M., P.H.A. (approx. mile away); Governor Joseph Maull (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Milton.
 
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Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F.and Marker at  Chesnut Street and Atlantic Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 6, 2013
3. Golden Rule Lodge #17, I.O.O.F.and Marker at Chesnut Street and Atlantic Street
 
 
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