Independent Order of Odd Fellows
(Merion Hall Cemetery Association)
320 Righters Mill Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is an ethical organization. The members have a bounding with an ethical lifestyle, which has its base written in the Statement of Principles.The elements of the device “Friendship, Love and Truth” are unbroken linked together, and symbolized in the logo by three unbroken, chained links. The I.O.O.F. is a worldwide organization based in the U.S.A. At the top of its hierarchy is the Sovereign Grandlodge. Under the Sovereign Grandlodge are many Grandlodges with their own work area. From the beginning of the Order, the Commands of Odd Fellowship are: Visit the sick, Relieve the distressed, Bury the dead, and Educate the orphan.
Dating back to 1885, over 1,300 graves of early and current families of Merion Square (now Gladwyne) are buried behind the I.O.O.F. Hall, located next to the Gladwyne United Methodist Church’s cemetery.