International Order of Odd Fellows Cabins
Inspired by the destitute conditions of 17th-century England, a group of citizens banded together to provide small amounts of charity to the most vulnerable populations. An observer commented, “it is odd that a person might help another and expect nothing in return." Thus, the Odd Fellows were born. In 1819, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was founded in North America. Odd Fellows are committed to the principles of “Friendship, Love and Truth,” which they practice through charitable acts and managing fellowship lodges. Paulina Lake in Deschutes National Forest, OR is the site of a group of IOOF cabins. They are built primarily of native lava rock and pine and reflect the “folk” architecture emblematic of Depression-era buildings in the forested Pacific Northwest. Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, and features excellent fishing, hot springs, and hiking. Join HistoriCorps in the stunning Deschutes National Forest for this unique preservation project this summer!