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Whiskey Rebellion Historical Markers

Opposition to a tax on whiskey in Western Pennsylvania was suppressed by President Washington in 1794,
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By Beverly Pfingsten, March 28, 2009
Abandonment of Ft. Cumberland Marker
Maryland (Allegany County), Cumberland — Abandonment of Ft. Cumberland — Fort Cumberland Trail
Fort Cumberland was garrisoned from 1754 to 1765. During this period, there was bickering between Maryland and Virginia as to how the fort should be maintained and whose control it was under. In early 1756, Colonel Washington favored a small . . . — Map (db m17708) HM
Maryland (Allegany County), Cumberland — Famous Personalities at Fort Cumberland — Fort Cumberland Trail
Horatio Sharpe Lived: 1718-1790. Here as Governor of Maryland and the commander of the fort. Fort Frederick was built by his direction. Governor: 1753-1769. Sharpsburg, Md., was named in his honor. Daniel Boone Lived: 1734-1820. Here as a . . . — Map (db m17681) HM
Maryland (Allegany County), Cumberland — George Washington at Will’s Creek — Fort Cumberland Trail
Our founding father spent much time in this vicinity when a young man as surveyor, ambassador, aide-de-camp to General Braddock, and commander of Virginia military forces. This cabin served as his headquarters during part of this time. Young George . . . — Map (db m17719) HM
Maryland (Allegany County), Cumberland — President Washington's Last Visit - 1794
Center Plaque On October 16, 1794, President George Washington arrived in Cumberland to review about 5,000 troops of the Maryland and Virginia militia gathered here during th Whiskey Rebellion. A few days later, this militia army assembled upon . . . — Map (db m17456) HM
Maryland (Allegany County), Cumberland — The Fort Proper — Fort Cumberland Trail
The fort proper was the bastioned work at the west end of the fort. It was to your left (primarily on the site of the Church of Christ Scientist). Besides the four bastions (b) and the joining walls, there were four buildings for provisions (6), two . . . — Map (db m17679) HM
Maryland (Baltimore County), Towson — Nicholas Ruxton Moore1736–1816
He commanded “Baltimore Light Dragoons” during the Revolution, attaining rank of Captain. He took active part in suppression of Whiskey Rebellion in 1794, and that year purchased “Bosley’s Adventure,” a 350 acre farm west of . . . — Map (db m2283) HM
Pennsylvania (Adams County), Biglerville — Russell Tavern
The original building in which George Washington lodged in October, 1794, while engaged in quelling the Whiskey Rebellion is standing just west within view of this point. — Map (db m63676) HM
Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), Bridgeville — Bower Hill
Site of General John Neville's mansion, burned to the ground by insurgents during a major escalation of violence in the Whiskey Rebellion, July 16-17, 1794. General Neville was Inspector of Revenue under President Washington. In the two-day battle, . . . — Map (db m40393) HM
Pennsylvania (Allegheny County), North Braddock — Braddock's Field
Known as the high tide of the Whiskey Rebellion, the rendezvous of militias from Pennsylvania's four western counties took place here, August 1-2, 1794. This was the largest armed resistance to the national government between the Revolutionary and . . . — Map (db m59178) HM
Pennsylvania (Beaver County), Beaver — Brigadier General William Irvine(1741-1804)
Irish born, educated in medicine, Irvine practiced in Carlisle till the Revolutionary War. Led a Pennsylvania Regiment in important campaigns. In 1781, chosen by Washington to command western department, headquartered at Fort Pitt. Headed . . . — Map (db m40232) HM
Pennsylvania (Bedford County), Bedford — Bedford Village
Settled about 1750, known then as Raystown. Site of an early trading post and Fort Bedford, 1758. Base for Forbes, Bouquet expeditions. In 1794 Washington here reviewed forces in Whiskey Rebellion. — Map (db m13995) HM
Pennsylvania (Bedford County), Bedford — Espy House
Built about 1771. It was the headquarters of George Washington in October, 1794, when he came to Bedford to review troops assembled here to quell Whiskey Rebellion in western part of the State. — Map (db m14015) HM
Pennsylvania (Berks County), Reading — Federal Inn
Site of Federal Inn, erected about 1754. George Washington, with military escort, was a guest here, October, 1794, when on his way to muster an armed force to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion. — Map (db m25206) HM
Pennsylvania (Cumberland County), Carlisle — Blaine House
Home of Gen. Ephraim Blaine, Commissary General of Revolutionary Army, stood on this site. George Washington was a guest here, Oct. 4-11, 1794, while mustering an armed force to quell Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania. — Map (db m15855) HM
Pennsylvania (Cumberland County), Carlisle — George Washington
Here George Washington reviewed militia from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, rendezvoused at Carlisle, October 1794, before marching to the western part of State to quell the Whiskey Rebellion — Map (db m30299) HM
Pennsylvania (Fayette County), Connellsville — Benjamin Wells
Nearby was the house of this collector of excise tax on whiskey. In the summer of 1794, after the Whiskey Rebellion had turned violent, his house was burned down by an angry crowd. Wells had spurned previous warnings by excise tax protectors. — Map (db m41774) HM
Pennsylvania (Franklin County), Chambersburg — Morrow Tavern
A two-story stone house occupied as a tavern by William Morrow stood on this site. George Washington, with staff, lodged here, Oct. 12, 1794, when traveling west to review troops assembled at Bedford to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion. — Map (db m8101) HM
Pennsylvania (Franklin County), Greencastle — McCullough's Tavern
Here on October 12, 1794, President George Washington is said to have taken breakfast while passing through the area to suppress the "Whiskey Rebellion." This tavern, ca. 1700's, was owned by Robert McCullough and was also known as The Mansion . . . — Map (db m11615) HM
Pennsylvania (Greene County), Garards Fort — Rev. John Corbley(1733 - 1803)
A noted Baptist minister serving area congregations, Corbley was among some 150 men arrested by federal troops on the “Dreadful Night" of November 13, 1794. A vocal opponent of the excise tax on whiskey, he was the area’s best known . . . — Map (db m47891) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Berlin — Berlin
This area was a center of protest during the Whiskey Rebellion. A riot occurred at the Berlin schoolhouse in June 1794. In September, according to local historians, Robert Philson raised a liberty pole at his log store on the square; he advised . . . — Map (db m21554) HM
Pennsylvania (Somerset County), Somerset — Harmon Husband
Leader of North Carolina revolt against the British, he fled under an assumed name in 1771. Somerset's first settler; lived at Coffee Springs farm some years. Became a pamphleteer and active in the Whiskey Rebellion. Died in 1795. — Map (db m21568) HM
Pennsylvania (Washington County), Washington — Bradford House
Built in 1788 by David Bradford, leader of the Whiskey Rebellion in 1794. Occupied by him until he fled to Spanish West Florida after the collapse of the Rebellion. — Map (db m40400) HM
Pennsylvania (Washington County), Washington — The Whiskey Rebellion
In 1791, the National Road Heritage Corridor was the stage for a national crisis that came to be known as the Whiskey Rebellion, a scene of climatic moments in the history of the United States and its newly formed government. Responding to the first . . . — Map (db m40412) HM
Pennsylvania (Washington County), Washington — Washington County
Formed March 28, 1781 out of Westmoreland County and named for General George Washington. A scene of activity in the Whiskey Rebellion, 1791-1794. The county seat, Washington, was made a borough in 1810; then a city in 1924. On the National Road, . . . — Map (db m40410) HM
West Virginia (Mineral County), Fort Ashby — Fort Ashby
Fort Ashby, one in the chain of Indian forts built by George Washington, 1755. sharp fighting here 1756. in 1794, troops under Gen. Daniel Morgan camped here on their way to suppress Whiskey Rebellion. Fort restored by W.P.A., 1939. — Map (db m19341) HM

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