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    Arrow TUN TAVERN History Lesson

    Tun Tavern was a tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is traditionally regarded as the site where the United States Marine Corps was founded. The tavern was built in 1685 by Samuel Carpenter. He located this tavern on the waterfront at the corner of Water Street and Tun Alley at what is today known as Penn's Landing. The old English word tun means a cask, barrel, or keg of beer. With his new beer tavern on Tun Alley, Carpenter elected to name the brewery with a logical title, Tun Tavern.

    In 1720, the first meetings of the St. George's Society (forerunner of today's "Sons of the Society of St. George") were held at the Tavern. The Society was a charitable organization founded to assist needy Englishmen arriving in the new colony.

    In 1732, the first meetings of the St. John's 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.

    Roughly ten years later in the early 1740s, a new proprietor expanded Tun Tavern and gave the addition a new name, "Peggy Mullan's Red Hot Beef Steak Club at Tun Tavern." The new restaurant became a smashing commercial success and was patronized by notable Americans. In 1747 the St. Andrew's Society, a charitable group dedicated to assisting poor immigrants from Scotland, was founded in the tavern.

    Nine years later 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 Native American 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 Continental Marines, today known as the United States Marine Corps. 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 cold beer and the opportunity to serve in the new Corps of Marines. Needless to say, both the Marine Corps and the tavern thrived during this new relationship.

    In honor of our history and our heritage. On this day. Our day. BIG SEXY proudly raises a mug of ale and wish all of his fellow Devil Dogs a Happy Birthday. The Marine Corps started in a bar and by damn we'll end it in a bar!!

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    Happy 231st birthday Devildogs! From the Dad of a future Marine.

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    Hey Big thanks for the history lesson. I honestly didn't know that, being a former Army grunt.


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