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Tun Tavern - The Birthplace of the United States Marine Corps and where the first Masonic Meeting was held in the Continental United States: In the year 1685, Samuel Carpenter built a huge brew house in Philadelphia. He located this tavern on the waterfront at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley. The old English word tun means a cask, barrel, or keg of beer. So, with his new beer tavern on Tun Alley, Carpenter elected to christen the new waterfront brewery with a logical name, Tun Tavern. Tun Tavern quickly gained a reputation for serving fine beer. Beginning 47 years later in 1732, the first meetings of the St. Johns No. 1 Lodge of the Grand Lodge of the Masonic Temple were held in the tavern. An American of note, Benjamin Franklin, was its third Grand Master. Even today the Masonic Temple of Philadelphia recognizes Tun Tavern as the birthplace of Masonic teachings in America. Nine years later, then Col. Benjamin Franklin organized the Pennsylvania Militia. He used Tun Tavern as a gathering place to recruit a regiment of soldiers to go into battle against the Indian uprisings that were plaguing the American colonies. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Continental Congress later met in Tun Tavern as the American colonies prepared for independence from the English Crown. On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned Samuel Nicholas to raise two Battalions of Marines. That very day, Nicholas set up shop in Tun Tavern. He appointed Robert Mullan, then the proprietor of the tavern, to the job of chief Marine Recruiter serving, of course, from his place of business at Tun Tavern. Prospective recruits flocked to the tavern, lured by (1) cold beer and (2) the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines. So, yes, the U.S. Marine Corps was indeed born in Tun Tavern. Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship.
A TOUR OF THE INTERNATIONAL EASTERN STAR TEMPLE
VHS - Tour the elegant and historic Belmont Mansion, headquarters of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. The magnificent building was the Washington, D.C. home of wealthy New York congressman Perry Belmont. Now the General Grand Chapter maintains the mansion in impeccable form, using it for meetings, formal affairs, and the working headquarters of this world-wide group. Right Worthy Grand Secretary Betty Briggs narrates the tour of the French mansion, featuring Italian marble, German woodwork, Tiffany vases, and furnishings from around the world. A dazzling look at upper class life in the early 1900s. 29 minutes