The most famous connection to whiskey in Western Pennsylvania is undoubtedly the events which led to the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794. If you are not familiar with them, there is a brief history at Wikipedia.
You can explore the sites related to those events at many nearby locations, including:
- Woodville Plantation, which was the home of excise tax collector John Neville and his son Presley.
- The Oliver Miller Homestead in South Park, which stands on land owned by a family involved in the conflict.
- The home of rebellion leader David Bradford, which can be visited in Washington, PA.
- The graves of General Neville and his wife, at Allegheny Cemetery.
- The grave of James McFarlane, the man killed at the burning of Neville’s home.
- A series of historical markers from the PA Historical and Museum Commission, highlighting Whiskey Rebellion sites such as Bower Hill and Braddock’s Field.
You can also connect to books in our collection on this topic here.
Tomorrow we’ll talk about more connections to sites related to whiskey in Western Pennsylvania.
–Marilyn Cocchiola Holt