“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F.

Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 29, 2008
1. Oriental Lodge #12, 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 Follows of North America separated from the English Order. Some years later, a group of Newark residents organized for the purpose of establishing a local lodge. On February 11, 1847, a charter was granted for Oriental Lodge #12. The present Lodge Hall was constructed here on land that was conveyed to the organization in 1851. Like many such facilities, the structure was designed to include shops for places of business on the first floor, with a meeting room above. In addition to serving for a time as the location of the town's library and telephone exchange, the building has been occupied by tailors, jewelers, barbers, and a camera shop. since its organization, Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F., has continued to "Improve and Elevate the Character of Mankind" through its many services to the citizens of Newark.
Erected 2004 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-139.)
Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. Building image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 29, 2008
2. Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. Building
39° 40.983′ N, 75° 45.045′ W. Marker is in Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on E. Main Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 69 E. Main Street, Newark DE 19711, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Newark United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); Newark Academy (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Memorial (about 500 feet away); The Diamonds Walkway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old College (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Century Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hiram Lodge No. 25 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Deer Park Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newark.
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Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. Entrance image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, July 29, 2008
3. Oriental Lodge #12, I.O.O.F. Entrance
The lodge is located on the second floor.
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,475 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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