First Masonic Lodge in Indiana

Located on the banks of the Ohio river.The tiny hamlet of Vevay has earned the status of number four in Budget Travel's top ten  most cool small towns in America.

Because of it’s early history, the town of Vevay has many distinctions in the early history of not only Indiana, but our nation as well.

Among them, one of the most notable is the Armstrong Tavern. The Armstrong Tavern became the first Masonic lodge building in the state of Indiana. Not only were the local lodge meetings held here , but it was also the first Grand Lodge building in the state of Indiana.

Armstrong tavern

Originally a two story log home, it was built in 1816, three years before Indiana became a state. The lower floor was a tavern and as was the case in most taverns of the day, the living quarters were located upstairs.

In the early days, most of the settlers and commerce moved along the river systems of the frontier, thus many of the Midwestern states saw their early growth along the rivers and tributaries.

This trend continued until the later years when suitable roads were built and later yet when the railroad became popular.

Many times these early centers of commerce fell behind as larger cities were built that attracted industry and business because of their proximity to other forms of faster transportation.

As a result, they retained the charm of a simpler time when life was more laid back and carefree.Today, Vevay has a certain charm not found anywhere else.

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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