There were several sects of Odd Fellows fraternities that arose in the United Kingdom in the 18th and 19th centuries. In addition to recreational activities the Odd Fellows are know for their philanthropy, the ethic of reciprocity and charity. The first lodge in the United States was founded in 1819. This lodge in Hooksett was formed in 1876 and was in operation until it was destroyed by a flood in 1936. The land was donated to the town and is now the location of a Veterans Memorial Park.