An organization for men and women uniting for the benefit of their fellow man.
Who are we?
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows originated in England in the Eighteenth Century and made the journey to the United States in 1819 with Washington Lodge No.1 in Baltimore. The name "Odd Fellow" believe to originate in in the 18th Century England where it was unheard of that common men would organize a mutual aid fraternity. These extraordinary laborers were called "Odd Fellows". Because of their work to relieve the distressed and to educate the under privileged, the name of "Odd Fellows" was given to them.
An Odd Fellow is one who is alive to the interest of all around them and ever ready to lend a helping hand; to elevate the character of mankind. The creed that members live by, not only in Lodge but in life, provides the foundation for our purpose:
I am an Odd Fellow
I believe in the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man
I believe in Friendship, Love and Truth as the basic guides to the ultimate destiny of all mankind.
I believe in my home, Church or Temple, my Lodge and my community deserve my best work, my modest pride, my earnest faith and my deepest loyalty as I perform my duty to "Visit the sick, Relieve the distressed, Bury the dead and Educate the orphan" and as I work with others to build a better world, because, in spirit and in truth, I am and must always be, gratefully to my Creator, faithfully to my Country and fraternal to my fellow man;
I am an Odd Fellow
The Three Links
The emblem of Odd Fellowship is the Three Links with the letters ‘F, L & T’. The three links symbolizes the chain that binds our members together and illustrates that a fraternity is strongest when joined together. The ‘F’ in the first link represents ‘friendship’, the strongest bond of fraternity that teaches goodwill and harmony. The ‘L’ represents ‘love’, the basis for all life’s ambitions, service to others and family. The ‘T’ represents ‘truth’, the standard by which we value people and the foundation of our society.
Meeting Time and Location
Our lodge is located in western Pennsylvania, approximately 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh in a small town called Allison Park.
We meet at the Depreciation Lands Museum, which is located at 4743 S. Pioneer Road, Allison Park, PA 15101.
Our meetings start promptly at 7:00 pm every 2nd and last Tuesday of the month with a social gathering immediately following.
In the early part of the year 1891, when our town of Allison Park was known as DeHaven, a few of the residents who belonged to other lodges decided that they should have a lodge at home. A petition to the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was written and signed by 22 Odd Fellows of this vicinity. The charter was granted and the lodge was organized April 18, 1891 with 17 of the original 22 petition signers and 13 other members who were initiated that night as charter members. The lodge met in Naylors Hall until 1911, when the members purchased a building along Route 8 in downtown Allison Park. We sold our lodge building back in the early 1980's and currently meet at the Depreciation Lands Museum.