Masonic Charities in North Carolina

While Masons in North Carolina support dozens of charitable causes, the two primary charities in the state are the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford and WhiteStone: A Masonic and Eastern Star Home.
Masonic Home for Children

State Historic MarkerThe origins of the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, North Carolina date to a 1847 statewide Masonic resolution to educate children and the establishment of St. John’s College eleven years later. In 1873 the building became North Carolina’s first permanent orphanage called Oxford Asylum, with John H. Mills serving as its first superintendent.

The following year Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. began annual collections for the Orphanage at St. John’s and as new lodges were chartered, each made contributions. Since its founding in 1873, the name of the orphanage has changed several times: Oxford Orphanage in 1923; and the Masonic Home for Children at Oxford in 1994. Since 2000 the home has expanded its services for the support of disadvantaged children and young adults transitioning from foster care to an independent life.

Masonic and Eastern Star Home

Interior of chapel with painting former Masonic resident Paul OlssonIn addition to providing opportunities for children, taking care of older Masons and their families has been a Masonic priority. In 1904 Ludwick M. Clymer, an active Mason in Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M., presented to the Grand Lodge of North Carolina the idea of erecting a Masonic home for “old and indigent Masons.” He worked to secure twenty-five acres of land in Greensboro and a $5,000 contribution toward the first building. On January 9, 1912, members of Greensboro Lodge No. 76, A.F. & A.M. participated in the ceremony when the cornerstone at Masonic and Eastern Star Home was laid by the Grand Lodge of North Carolina. Construction was completed in 1913 and the first residents moved in the same year.

In 2010 the name of the home changed to Whitestone, based on the first superintendent Mr. M. W. White and its first residents Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stone. While many Masons and members of the Order of the Eastern Star live there, resident today do not have to be affiliated with any Masonic body.

Map of Masonic And Eastern Star Home, 1991