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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Bunch of Grapes Tavern

 
 
Bunch of Grapes Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
1. Bunch of Grapes Tavern Marker
Inscription.
The Site of the Bunch of Grapes Tavern
Here on 30th of July 1733
was instituted under charter from
the Grand Lodge of England
The first regularly constituted lodge
of Free and Accepted Masons in America
Now St. John's Lodge of Boston

Here in 1786 was organized the Ohio Company
Pioneer in the development of the great west
under the leadership of General Rufus Putnam
first township laid out at Marietta Ohio

 
Erected 1925 by City of Boston.
 
Location. 42° 21.534′ N, 71° 3.363′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on State Street just west of Kilby Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is a metal plaque, mounted above eye-level, directly on the wall, near the northeast corner of the Exchange Building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 53 State Street, Boston MA 02109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. John Winthrop - First House in Boston Site (within shouting distance of this marker); The Boston Massacre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Meeting House in Boston Built A.D. 1632
Bunch of Grapes Tavern Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Simmons, June 2012
2. Bunch of Grapes Tavern Marker
Marker can be seen on the left side of the building
(about 300 feet away); The Old State House (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named The Old State House (about 300 feet away); The Freedom Trail (about 400 feet away); Faneuil Hall (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Faneuil Hall (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .  Ohio Company of Associates.
The Ohio Company of Associates, also known as the Ohio Company, was a land company whose members are today credited with becoming the first non-Native American group to settle in the present-day state of Ohio. In 1788 they established Marietta, Ohio as the first permanent settlement of the new United States in the newly organized Northwest Territory. The company was formed on March 1, 1786, by Rufus Putnam, Benjamin Tupper, Samuel Holden Parsons and Manasseh Cutler in Boston, Massachusetts, subsequent to meetings at the Bunch of Grapes Tavern. (Submitted on March 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraFraternal or Sororal OrganizationsSettlements & Settlers
 
Ohio University Charter Plaque (<i>a few steps to the right of this marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 20, 2017
3. Ohio University Charter Plaque (a few steps to the right of this marker)

On this site
originally known as
The Bunches of Grapes Tavern
members of the Ohio Company
met in the year 1786
to write the charter for
Ohio University
which opened 1804 in Athens, Ohio
to become the oldest university
west of the Allegheny Mountains
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 527 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on March 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 1, 2012, by Bryan Simmons of Attleboro, Massachusetts.   3. submitted on March 21, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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