New Castle in Henry County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Grand United Order of Odd Fellows
Washington Lodge #1513
Former slaves founded Washington Lodge #1513 in 1872, seven years after the end of the Civil War. The Lodge has owned this building since 1886; it has one of the few remaining nineteenth-century facades in New Castle. This lodge is the only active GUOOF lodge in Kentucky and is one of the oldest African American fraternal organizations in the state.
Erected 2017 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 2524.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
Location. 38° 25.971′ N, 85° 10.196′ W. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 32 S Main St, New Castle KY 40050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. County Named, 1798 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Drennon Springs (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Actions (approx. half a mile away); Eminence College Site / Rev. W.S. Giltner (approx. 5.3 miles away); Dutch Colony Here (approx. 7.1 miles away); Bedford Springs and Hotel (approx. 13.2 miles away); County Named, 1836 (approx. 13.7 miles away); Trimble County Jail (approx. 13.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Castle.
Also see . . . Historical Odd Fellows lodge needs help. 2015 article by Nancy Stearns Theiss in the Louisville Courier Journal. Excerpt:
As far back as anyone can remember Washington Lodge #1513 has held an annual parade in New Castle on the third weekend in August. The parade has attracted hundreds that line the street and watch lodge members in full regalia as described by Smith: “For the parade we had live music, professional bands. We all dress up in our regalia and sometimes a horse would lead.” The parade is followed by a picnic, “with music, BBQ, chicken,(Submitted on July 4, 2019.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 4, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.