Saturday April 19, 2014
Philadelphia Site of Proposed Tun Tavern ReproductionPaul Sutton Special to Salem-News.com
Whatever became of the plan for a Tun Tavern reproduction site?
(WASHINGTON DC) - A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, PA, to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore. November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was born.
The attached photo was taken on Saturday, 27 October 2012 @ Penns' Landing in Philadelphia, PA. The Philadelphia Beirut Memorial is one block north of this site.
At one time (early to mid-1970s), there was a fund-raising drive (partially driven by the Marine Corps League) to raise sufficient funds to build a reproduction of Tun Tavern on this site (one block in off Columbus Blvd. - across from Penns' Landing). There was a dedication ceremony emplacing the cornerstone attended by the then-Commandant of the Marine Corps (General Cushman?).
Then, I heard that there was some question as to how much money had been raised and how what was "in the kitty" had been spent. By the late 1970s, this project appears to have been "swept under the rug".
I heard later that the cornerstone was removed and was/is in the custody of the 4th Marine Corps District (then in Philadelphia, now @ Fort Indiantown Gap, PA).
The foundation (all that was constructed) has been filled in, although you can see a portion of it above ground on the west side of the site.
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