Over the last year or so the Editor of The Midnight Freemasons website Right Worshipful Brother Robert Johnson of Illinois has been traveling across the country speaking to various groups about the early beginnings of Freemasonry which met inside of taverns and alehouses. This video which was taped at the recent Masonic Con 2017 in Boston.
Johnson who is the host of the podcast Whence came you? podcast and a panelist on the show The Masonic Roundtable discusses the beginnings of lodges in three famous taverns: The Tun tavern, Bunch of grapes and the Green dragon tavern.
Robert is also a Past Master and current Secretary for Waukegan Masonic Lodge No. 78 He is also currently serving as a District deputy Grand Master for the Grand Lodge of Illinois.
Portrait by Brother Travis Simpkins