official website of

Little Prince Lodge 79

Knights of Pythias

Moundsville WV


The Knights of Pythias is a fraternal organization founded in Washington, DC, on 19 February 1864. The Knights of Pythias was the first fraternal organization to receive a charter under an act of the United States Congress. It was founded by Justus H. Rathbone, who had been inspired by a play by the Irish poet John Banim about the legend of Damon and Pythias. This legend illustrates the ideals of loyalty, honor, and friendship that are the center of the order.

The order has over 2,000 lodges in the United States and around the world, with a total membership of over 50,000 in 2003. Some lodges meet in structures referred to as Pythian Castles.

19 men gathered in a building at the corner of 7th and Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville on May 12th 1892 for the purpose of starting a new pythian lodge. A Lodge was formed and on October 12th 1892 Little Prince Lodge 79 Knights of Pythias was chartered.