Civic organizations have played a key role in the city’s history and development. As the town of Mansfield established, so were community organizations. The Masons were established in 1870 and the Odd Fellows in 1871. The Knights of Pythias came to Mansfield in the 1880s, later holding their meetings on the upper floor of a structure built about 1895 by Dr. W.B. McKnight at what is now the northeast corner of Main and East Broad streets. The tower at the top of the McKnight Builildng was added to the design because of the Knights of Pythias, who were deeded the second floor and held their meetings and dances in the space. The building, restored in recent years, is now the home of the Mansfield Historical Society and Heritage Museum.