The “Junior Order Home” opened in Lexington in 1928. Sponsored by the Junior Order United American Mechanics, the Home initially served orphaned children of members of J.O.A.M., one of America’s oldest fraternal organizations. Later placements were made through the Department of Social Services. Throughout its history the Junior Order Home has provided a caring, nurturing environment, and for many years occupational training was offered. A group of local businessmen, led by civic leader George Mountcastle, traveled to Tipton, Ohio to recruit the orphanage for the new facility outside Lexington. Now called the American Children’s Home, alumni hold a reunion each August.