National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry
Grange is the oldest agricultural organization in the United States,
with units in 3,600 communities in 37 states. Grange members
provide service to rural areas on a wide variety of issues, to
include educational and medical support, economic development,
cooperative developments, and legislation to assure a viable Rural
It was formed
in the years following the Civil War as a means to unite private
citizens for improving the economic and social positions of the
nation’s farmers. Over the past 137 years, it has evolved to
include non-farm, rural families and communities.
The Grange is
also a fraternal order known as the Order of Patrons of Husbandry,
hence the “P of H” on the organization’s logo. The
founders believed that a fraternal organization would be the best
able to combine loyalty and democratic ideals to provide service to
others. It was one of the first formal groups to admit women
members on an equal basis. The National Grange Headquarters is
a landmark building in Washington, D.C. and is the only private
building in a federal block across from the White House.
currently is no National Grange representation in the state of
Extracted from the History of the National Grange at http://www.nationalgrange.org/.