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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

150-0087 Odd Fellows Hall

Odd Fellows Hall
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VLR Listing Date 06/01/2005

NRHP Listing Date 07/27/2005

NPS property number 05000770

The Odd Fellows Hall was the social center of New Town, a once-vibrant African American community within Blacksburg. The two-story frame structure clad with weatherboard is located close to the busy intersection of Prices Fork Road and North Main Street near downtown Blacksburg and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Designed with a large free-span room on the first floor and a ceremonial space on the second floor, the hall was completed in 1905. The interior retains original tongue-and-groove pine floors, plaster walls, and beaded board ceilings. From the early to mid-20th century, the hall served the tightly knit New Town community, which was shut out of other social organizations in the rural south by segregation. The hall stands as one of the last remaining structures of New Town.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated October 3, 2018