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The Tun Tavern (thequot;Tavern quot;) was a brew house built by Samuel Carpenter in 1685. It was located on +Philadelphia’;s historic waterfront+. at the corner of Water Street and +Tun Alley+. leading to Carpenter’;s Wharf near what is today known asquot;Penn’;s Landing. quot;
Historically, it is regarded as thequot;+First Brew House+. quot; built in Philadelphia in 1685, and among the very first in the country. Carpenter’;s purpose in building the Tavern was to commence the development of the Philadelphia waterfront which he intended as a site for various businesses. The Tavern soon developed a reputation for fine beers in the City of Philadelphia and maintained that reputation for over a century. Its name is derived from the old English wordquot;Tun quot; meaning measured cask, barrel, or keg of beer.
During the years following the inception of the Tavern, several events occurred at the Tavern which are of historical significance:
A. In 1720, the first meetings of the +St. George’;s Society+. (forerunner of today’;squot;Sons of the Society of St. George quot;) were held at the Tavern. The Society was a charitable organization founded to assist needy Englishmen arriving in the new colony.
B. In 1732, the first meetings of the St. John’;s #1 Lodge, a Grand Lodge of the Masonic Temple, were held at the Tavern. The election of the first Worshipful Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania was held at the Tavern; subsequently Benjamin Franklin was its third Grand Master. The Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, recognizes the Tavern as the birthplace of the Masonic teachings in this country; there are estimated to be over 2.3 million Masons in the United States today.
C. In the early 1740′;s, the then proprietor expanded the Tavern intoquot;+Peggy Mullan’;s Red Hot Beef Steak Club at Tun Tavern+., quot; which was known to host George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin and on occasion the lst and 2nd Continental Congress.
D. In 1747, Tun Tavern was the site for the founding of the St. Andrews Society, a charitable group dedicated to helping underprivileged settlers from Scotland settle in Philadelphia.
E. In 1756, Colonel Benjamin Franklin organized the Pennsylvania Militia and utilized the Tavern as a gathering place to recruit the area’;s first regiment of soldiers to suppress Indian uprisings.
F. On November 10, 1775, Robert Mullan, the proprietor of the Tavern and son of Peggy Mullan, was commissioned by an act of Congress to raise the first two battalions of Marines, under the leadership of Capt. Samuel Nicholas, the first appointed Commandant of the Continental Marines. Nicholas’;s grandfather was also a member of the Tun Tavern Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons and it is this relationship between Mullan, Nicholas and the Tavern which has resulted in Tun Tavern being acknowledged as the birthplace of the United States Marine Corps. There are an estimated three million active and retired U.S. Marines worldwide who have been exposed in their military training to the historical significance of Tun Tavern. Each year on November 10th, around the world Marines toast the Marine’;s birthplace on the most significant date in the history of the Corps.
This identification of the Marine Corps, the Masons and Philadelphia’;s brewing genesis with Tun Tavern have been integrally tied to the Company’;s marketing efforts. Initially these efforts have been focused on the Philadelphia regional area and via widely-circulated magazines to Marines.
Tun Tavern Wooden Pub Wall Plaque / Sign
Production Time 6 to 8 weeks
Shipment is by FedEx, UPS or DHL International Express Courier with a normal door-to-door delivery time worldwide of within 2-3 business days after dispatch. Due to the current volatility of world fuel prices, the amount mentioned here is our best estimate for DHL and UPS and may be subject to change at the time of shipping.
Product statisticsLength: 18.00 in (45.72 cm) ;
Height: 14.00 in (35.56 cm)
Production Time 6 to 8 weeks