The Essential Whiskey Rebellion Tour: 1 Day Passport

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Allegany Museum

Cumberland and the Allegany region played a key role in the early career of George Washington. The Allegany Museum’s new first-floor installation will highlight Washington’s role in our region. The exhibition space will include a large-scale model of Fort Cumberland and other Washington memorabilia from the 1750s, encapsulating his career as a surveyor and his participation in the French and Indian War or Seven Years’ War. The footprint of Fort Cumberland, including the fort’s old tunnels, sits steps from the museum. The cabin that served as Washington’s headquarters, the only building to survive from the fort, sits in a nearby park.

What's Included

  • Admission is always Free

Bradford House Museum

Step over the threshold of the Bradford House Museum, a National Historic Landmark, and into imagined life in late 18th century America—the scurry of servants, the sighs of the master, David Bradford, as he writes at his desk, the hushed chatter of ladies examining a bolt of crimson silk. Docents dressed in 18th century clothing entertain and inform as they detail the structure and hint at the intrigues of the Whiskey Rebellion. From its thick stone walls, mahogany bannister, and 14-foot ceilings to its Chippendale and Hepplewhite furnishings, the house is magnificent.

It is the doings of the Whiskey Rebellion (a grassroots challenge to the newly-formed federal government), though, that provide the mystique. Did David Bradford and his colleagues really examine stolen mail at the dining room table? Why is a portrait of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton hanging upside down over the mantle in the tavern display, and why did the federal government not strive to protect its frontier citizens from American Indian attacks? Think on these things as you meander the brick path through a garden of daffodils, thyme, and edible nasturtiums on your way to the log cookhouse, with its visions of churning butter and roasting meat. This is living history!

Additionally, the Bradford House Museum is located on the Historic National Road, and within blocks of the museum, there are two whiskey distilleries, a craft beer distillery and a winery. So, come spend the day in downtown Washington, PA, as we remember the Whiskey Rebellion.

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  • General Admission

David Espy House

The David Espy House is a historic house at 123 East Pitt Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania. Built in 1770, it is significant as the residence used by President George Washington when he was leading the troops that put down the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1983.

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  • PLACEHOLDER/ Listing

Friendship Hill National Historic Site

Friendship Hill was the home of early American politician and statesman Albert Gallatin. Gallatin was a U.S. Congressman, the longest-serving Secretary of the Treasury under two presidents, and ambassador to France and Great Britain.

Albert Gallatin's role in the Whiskey Rebellion was as a representative of the residents of Fayette County. As such he had to transmit the sentiment of the meetings even though he may have disagreed. Gallatin served as secretary and also delivered speeches that helped to pacify the radicals who were at the meetings. Often Gallatin delivered these speeches while radicals were in the crowd with their weapons in hand. He spoke about the mistake of open rebellion toward the government.

Unfortunately for Gallatin, the government officials did not differentiate between the moderates and the radicals who took part in these meetings. Participation brought guilt as far as those in the government were concerned. In 1794 the militia called by Washington marched to dispel the rebels in western Pennsylvania. They also brought a list of names of participants that certain members of the Presidential staff wanted arrested. This list included Gallatin. Twenty rebels were arrested. Fortunately, Albert Gallatin was not among them.

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  • Admission is Free

Liberty Pole Spirits

In 1791, one of the first American Industries was born: Whiskey.

For years, the grain that wasn't consumed was preserved in the form of distilled spirits. It was safer to drink than contaminated water and improved the spirits of friends and neighbors. Through the imposition of an excise tax on whiskey, the grain farmers used their whiskey to barter for goods. Whiskey-making provided their best chance to survive, which is why farmers secretly met and vowed to stick together and not pay the tax. These farmers called themselves the Mingo Creek Society and planted Liberty Poles throughout the county where years later, they are preserved as a story of their defiance. Today, the Liberty Pole is displayed on the label of each whiskey bottle we create, distilled in the famous Mingo Creek Meetinghouse, symbolizing the loving appreciation for a craft that once again brings livelihood to a proud community.

What's Included

  • Tasting Flight Voucher

Old Stone Tavern

Once the cornerstone of Western Pittsburgh, the Old Stone Tavern played a vital role in the region for almost 240 years. Fortunately, one of the Tavern's ledgers, from 1793-1797, has survived all of these years. This ledger documents the accounts of its patrons that included 89 participants of the Whiskey Rebellion, where they met leading up to their raid on John Neville's estate (Neville was a tax collector and friend of George Washington). Also within these pages, the ledger documents the accounts of 109 veterans of the American Revolution and 16 men who would serve in the War of 1812. The Tavern remained in continuous operation until 2008, serving as a confectionery store during Prohibition with a speakeasy operating out of the basement. Presently, the Tavern sits empty despite it being a City of Pittsburgh Historic Landmark. However, Pittsburgh's Old Stone Tavern Friends Trust, Inc. formed in 2013 with the mission "To secure Pittsburgh's Old Stone Tavern and its property, provide for its long-term preservation, and educate the public about its significance in United States History."

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  • Oldest Commercial Building in Pittsburgh (circa 1782) and a meeting place for the Whiskey Rebellion.

Senator John Heinz History Center

Explore Pittsburgh’s rich tradition of innovation and discover 250 years of Western Pennsylvania history at the Senator John Heinz History Center, Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and a proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy six floors of changing exhibitions that present the most compelling stories from American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection in an interactive environment perfect for visitors of all ages.

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  • General Admission

Wigle Whiskey Distillery

This landmark Distillery re-ignited Pittsburgh's whiskey tradition as the first distillery in the City since Prohibition. A twice nominated James Beard Semi-Finalist and 4 years as the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the country, visiting Wigle is a Must-Do in Pittsburgh. Wigle makes all of its spirits from scratch, using regional organic ingredients, at its Strip District Distillery. Open 7 days a week for cocktails and tasting flights and Tours on Saturdays.

What's Included

  • Distillery Tour
  • Spirit Flight Voucher
  • Cocktail Voucher

Woodville Plantation

Woodville Plantation, the John and Presley Neville house, is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s principal link to the late 18th century, interpreting the time period of 1780-1825 and documenting the lives of the three families that resided there, the Nevilles (1775-1815), the Cowans (1815-1835), and the Wrenshalls (1835-1975).

What's Included

  • General Admission