Tun Tavern Legacy Foundation Secures Land to Rebuild Historic Philadelphia Site in Old City


Rendering of the new Tun Tavern.
Image via Tun Tavern Legacy Foundation.
Tun Tavern is a history tavern from Philadelphia's colonial era, that was burned down in the late 1700s. Land has been acquired to help rebuilt it with plans to break ground in November 2024.

Tun Tavern, a legendary tavern and brewery from Philadelphia’s colonial era, is set to be rebuilt near its historic location in Old City, writes Michael Tanenbaum for PhillyVoice.

Originally built in 1686 on the Delaware River waterfront, Tun Tavern was the birthplace of several organizations in the 18th century, including the Marine Corps. It was also the first documented lodge used by freemasons in North America.

The Tun Tavern Legacy Foundation has worked for years to identify a site to reconstruct the original building, which burned down in 1781. Left behind were only illustrations and descriptions of the building.

A parking lot on Second Street, between Market and Chestnut streets, will serve as the home of the new Tun Tavern.

“With the land acquisition, we have a strong base to move forward with the fundraising necessary to rebuild the historic Tun Tavern,” said Rob Brink, the foundation’s board chair. 

Most of the fundraising is expected to come from private donations, corporate partnerships, and federal and state grants.

In addition to being a tavern and restaurant, the building will also offer education exhibits and special events.

The groundbreaking of the new building will be timed to coincide with the 250th homecoming celebration for the Marines and the Navy in November.

Read more about the history and future of Tun Tavern in PhillyVoice.


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