Friday, June 17, 2011

Whiskey Rebellion Re-Enactment of Pittsburgh's Roots



Rob Windhorst


Event: Whiskey Rebellion Weekend

Date: Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time: Saturday, from 1 to 8 pm; and Sunday, from noon to 5 pm

Place: Woodville Plantation, 1375 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA 15017

Cost: $3.00 per Person


COLLIER TOWNSHIP, PA (June 14, 2011, 2011) – Step back in time at Woodville Plantation, as this living history museum presents a special event to commemorate the Whiskey Rebellion. On the weekend of Saturday, July 16, and Sunday July 17, visitors are invited to meet historical re-enactors portraying the soldiers of Anthony Wayne’s Fourth Sub-Legion of the United States, the troops that defended John Neville’s Bower Hill mansion during the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794.

July 16 - Walking Lecture: The Events of July 1794

Woodville Plantation and the Scott Conservancy will team up to present a unique walking lecture titled, “The Events of 1794”. Join the soldiers of the Fourth Sub-Legion as they return to Bower Hill to discuss and re-create the fateful events of the Whiskey Rebellion, as they occurred in July of 1794. This unique event will include an encampment from 1 pm until 7 pm along the “Tom the Tinker Trail.” Participants will experience camp life with cooking demonstrations, musket firings and tactical demonstrations. At 3 pm, a history walk will begin at the PA State Historical Marker on Bower Hill (near Kane Regional Center) and end at the Scrubgrass Run Trailhead. The walk covers approximately one mile along the newly restored trails of the Bower Hill. Topics covered include the Battle of Bower Hill, the soldiers that participated in the battle and the Whiskey Rebellion. The walk is free to the public. Following the walk, participants are invited to tour Woodville Plantation. Woodville Plantation will be open to the public on Saturday evening from 5 pm to 8 pm. Admission for this special opening is $3 per person.

July 17 - Whiskey Rebellion Day

Join the troops of the Fourth Sub-Legion as they make camp at Woodville Plantation. Experience 18th century military camp life and participate with the soldiers as they march and drill. Events of the day include tactical demonstrations, musket firing, marching and ceremonial drills. Soldiers will discuss what camp life was like in the army of 1794. Visitors will learn 18th century cooking techniques as Woodville’s cooks prepare dinner for the encamped troops. Special hours for the event will be from noon to 5 pm, with a special admission price of $3 per person.

Woodville Plantation, the home of John and Presley Neville, is Western Pennsylvania’s link to the late 18th century. Built in 1775, this living history museum interprets life during the period of 1780-1820, the Era of the New Republic. Guided tours of the house are available every Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

Just 7 miles and 15 minutes south of Pittsburgh, Woodville is conveniently located 1/4 north of Interstate I-79 Exit 55 (Kirwin Heights Exit) on Route 50, near the intersection of Thoms Run Road in Collier Township. For further directions or for more information, please visit Woodville’s website at or call 412-221-0348.

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