Who are the Odd Fellows

The Odd Fellows is a fraternal order which evolved from the tradition of craft guilds in England.  Lodges of Odd Fellows have been in existence at least as early as the 18th Century.  Odd Fellows came to the North America in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 26, 1819 when Thomas Wildey and four members of the Order from England instituted Washington Lodge No. 1. This lodge subsequently received a charter from Manchester Unity of Odd Fellows in England.  Today, the Odd Fellows form a fraternal network throughout the world.

The Grand Lodge of the District of Columbia supports the community and several charities with contributions of time and money, and we enjoy the fellowship among the members of the Order.

The Order is also known as the "Three Link Fraternity." The links represent the tenets of the Order: Friendship, Love, and Truth.