The Odd Fellows Lodge (formerly the Island Inn) Photo: P. Vankevich

A $30,000 grant awarded to the Ocracoke Preservation Society from the Cannon Foundation will kickstart repair to the historic preservation of the Odd Fellows Lodge in the Island Inn Park.

Money from this grant will be used to begin the roof repair/replacement, which is the next phase of the Odd Fellows Lodge Restoration project.

The total budget for the roof phase of the project is $105,000. Additional fund raising is continuing.

OPS hopes to begin working on the roof early this year.

The original building is all that remains after the nonprofit demolished the two wings of the former Island Inn in 2018 as part of the OPS’s plan to save the property for community purposes.

Anyone interested in donating to this project may send checks to the OPS, P.O. Box 1240, Ocracoke, NC 27960, with “Island Inn” in the memo line.

The OPS was formed in 1983 to preserve the unique island culture and history for the enjoyment and education of the community and its visitors.

The Cannon Foundation is a charitable organization based in Concord, N.C., and provides grants to support higher education, health care, human services and community.