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Fraternal Lodges

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Early 20th century. West side of Main St. between Vine St. and Lynn Ave.
  • Fraternal Lodges

These two side-by-side lodges vie for attention in what was formerly the center of town but is now a quiet cul-de-sac. Both are two stories tall and are built of ruddy, quarry-faced sandstone blocks laid in regular courses. The International Order of Odd Fellows (to the south) has a parapet, while the Masonic Temple has a pedimented gable above a full entablature. The two buildings are among the most impressive in Hamlin and testify to the popularity and prominence fraternal organizations once enjoyed throughout small-town America.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Fraternal Lodges", [Hamlin, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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