The Eagle Creek Crossroads Roll-Away 30″ rolls from airplane to car and along city streets to country roads where the AWT is found from in this week’s article from New York to Virginia. Next week’s article will journey along the rest of the AWT into Kentucky and Tennessee.
Whisky has always been part of the American landscape. It began in colonial times when colonists gathered corn from Native Americans. They mixed it with rye or barley and water and following fermentation drank it as they gathered at inns to hatch a revolution or while Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence by the light of a tavern’s candles. The Whiskey Rebellion was one of the first tests of federal power in the new republic. By the early 20th century, the prohibition of whiskey and other alcoholic beverages forever stamped an era of speakeasies and gangsters into the history books.
The trail begins in lower Manhattan. Among the canyons of towering buildings in the Financial District is a small brick building.
Fraunces Tavern, at the corner of Pearl and Broad Streets, is still a popular gathering place as it was when George Washington frequented the place. In the spirit of freedom and independence, the Tavern does not enforce a dress code. So plant your flip-flops next to a pair of a banker’s wingtips and enjoy a meal. Afterwards, head upstairs for the free museum.
Head west and steer towards western Pennsylvania.
Here farmers with grain rich fields were among the most vocal in 1791 when Congress demanded each still be registered, and imposed a hefty six to nine cent tax on every barrel of whiskey to help pay recent war debts. Congress failed to listen so a second revolution began. The Whiskey Rebellion spread throughout the frontier.
Blood was spilled in 1794 at the Oliver Miller Homestead. Located near present-day Pittsburgh, and located in Allegheny County’s South Park. On Sunday afternoons from April to December, visitors can discover the pioneer lifestyle from period dressed guides. Highlights of this attraction include a reconstructed shingle-roofed log cabin, the Stone House, a blacksmith forge, and gardens. The important artifact is a portion of the Millers’ 18th-century still for which battles were fought.
Every July a weekend is devoted to the Whiskey Rebellion at nearby Woodville Plantation. This was the home local tax collector, John Neville. Midway between Pittsburgh and the West Virginia border in the town of Scottdale and the West Overton Museums exist The agricultural village with 18 buildings was where Henry Overholt established a distillery that by the early 19th century 200 gallons of rye whiskey rolled out daily.
The biggest producer of whisky is early America was none other than George Washington. His distillery, found on the outskirts of his Mount Vernon plantation in Virginia, reopened in 2007 and now produces a whiskey for sale in the gift shops.
Further up the Potomac River in the bustling port city of Alexandria Gadsby’s Tavern still serves thirsty patrons in cozy colonial style. Make time to include a visit to the interesting museum next door. For two centuries it served as an inn and then hotel. A few of the former guests still can be heard and seen despite having been deceased for years.
Next week we travel to distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee where whisky is still produced as it has been for centuries.
What You Need to Know about the Eagle Creek Crossroads Roll-Away 30″: