Odd Fellows History & Mystery's Mission Is to:
Who Are the Odd Fellows?
Odd Fellows’ history is ancient. No one knows exactly how far back it goes, but what we do know is that despite historians’ best efforts, we only know that the first Oddfellows lodge (the British spell it as one word) dates back to the late 1700s as a “friendly society” or “box club.” A box club is a group that uses a collection box to help members who fall on hard times.
It’ll take more than a few minutes to answer that question, but the short answer is that you have probably encountered what once was the largest of the fraternities during the Golden Age of Fraternalism before and after 1900.
If you’ve ever seen a building with the letters IOOF on them or an “Odd Fellows Cemetery” or an orphanage with “Rebekahs” or “Three Links” in the name.