Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Whiskey coming to the Whiskey Rebellion Fest

Cumberlanders will be among the first to sample the billionaire founder and CEO of Under Armour Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Rye Whiskey. Plank is co-founder of Sagamore Spirit, a new rye whiskey distiller out of Baltimore. Sagamore Whiskey only became available on May 13.

Sagamore will showcase its new offerings at the Whiskey Rebellion Fest, Friday June 10, in the Allegany Museum ballroom, with seven other distillers of whiskey and other spirits.

Sagamore Rye Whiskey is relatively sweet, with notes of nutmeg and vanilla bean, and made with water the company drives in from its limestone spring at Sagamore Farm. Some has been aging in 53-gallon oak barrels since 2012.

The distillers, including Makers’ Mark, will set up in the Museum’s grand ballroom. The Whiskey Rebellion Fest will also provide exclusive gastropub delicacies, a cash bar (tickets include one free drink at the bar), historical reenactments by the Legacy Corps of the Embassy Theatre, music by Grand Ole’ Ditch, a silent auction of one-of-a-kind luxury items, a room set aside for Colonial pub games, and much more.

All tastings of whiskey and other spirits are included in the $50 ticket price, along with a souvenir shot glass. (Tickets will be $75 at the door)

Tickets are available at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, through the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, or online at


<Photo: Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and Gov. Larry Hogan break ground on Sagamore Spirit in Port Covington (Photo courtesy  Baltimore Business Journal)>

George Washington at the Whiskey Rebellion Fest

Can the rebels and the troops call a truce and have a drink together?

 After George Washington met the troops gathered at Fort Cumberland to quash the Whiskey Rebellion, he became known as the only sitting President to lead troops into the field. But did he?  ‘Light-Horse Harry’ Lee may beg to differ.

It was in fact Lee who commanded the 12,950 militiamen as they engaged the rebels – while Washington merely reviewed the troops before they left.

We are about to find out if this historical cold-shoulder has cooled relations between Lee and Washington, when the Embassy Theatre ‘Legacy Corps’ brings them and other colonial characters to life in ‘Washington and Country’ at the Whiskey Rebellion Fest.

George will not only meet up once more with Harry, but also with ‘Molly Pitcher’, who may very well remind him of the time he gave her a field command when she lost her petticoats.  While she was loading the cannon at the Battle of Monmouth (another story in itself!), a British cannonball flew between her legs and tore off the bottom of her skirt. She merely commented “Well, that could have been worse,” and went back to firing.

John Frazier will be at the Fest – accompanied by his wife, Jane. Actually, Jane was both John’s first AND third wife!  John Frazier was a frontiersman, a fur trader, an interpreter with Native Americans, and a gunsmith who served under Washington in the French and Indian War.

One year after their marriage, while returning to her home from the Fort Cumberland trading post, Jane was captured by Indians. She escaped and returned 18 months later only to learn that her husband had remarried because he assumed that she was dead.

How will Jane interact with John? Will Jane still be holding a grievance because John found a new wife so quickly, or will she be sweet on him again because he sent that new wife back when Jane returned?

Sparks may fly between David Bradford, a renowned Whiskey Tax rebel, and Light Horse Harry. There was a price of $500 on Bradford’s head, but legend has it that, when the militias arrived, Bradford leaped from a rear window onto his waiting horse, galloping off into the night, and then traded his ‘faithful grey horse’ for a skiff and set out down the Ohio River.

The Embassy Theatre ‘Legacy Corps’ will entertain at the Whiskey Rebellion Fest, along with Grand Ole’ Ditch. While we cannot pay the $500 bounty on Bradford, the Museum will be holding a silent auction of valuable memorabilia, a weekend at Rocky Gap, Cuban cigars, and more throughout the evening.

Eight distillers, including six from Maryland and Makers’ Mark, will be offering tastings of their wares, rounded out by a cash bar (first drink free) and exquisite gastropub nibbles. The Museum’s Boardroom will become a colonial tavern offering traditional tavern games.

And, of course, your ticket will entitle you to a photo with George Washington himself!

Tickets to the Fest, 6 to 11 pm Friday June 10 in the Allegany Museum Ballroom, are available through Eventbrite, the Allegany Museum website, the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page, and at the Book Center, N. Centre St, Cumberland.

Tickets are $50 per person pre-purchase, or $75 on the night.

<Image: The Embassy Theatre Legacy Corps presents a historical presentation entitled “Washington and Country” for the Whiskey Rebellion Festival and Heritage Days. Seated on floor: Mike Miller. Seated L to R: Linda Julien, Terry Hager, Justice Courier, and Sue Schulten. Standing L to R: Cody Sheldon, Victor Rising, and Fred Julien.>

Embassy Theatre Legacy Corps

Which distillers are coming to the Whiskey Rebellion Fest?

Maryland distillers are lining up to present their brews at the Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Fest. Six small craft Maryland distillers, one from Pennsylvania (almost Maryland!), and Makers Mark will provide tastings to the accompaniment of Grand Ole’ Ditch in the Allegany Museum Ballroom on Friday June 10.
White Tiger will present its exclusive rice-based whiskey, and Tenth Ward will offer its spirits made by experimenting with unconventional ingredients, recipes, and aging techniques. The Baltimore Whiskey Company is bringing along its Shot Tower Gin amongst other offerings.
Manatawny Still Works will also be at the Fest. It is located on the Manatawny tributary of the mighty Schuylkill River, and produces J. Potts Whiskey, Small Batch Series Whiskeys, and other spirits including Three Bitches Wheat Vodka. Twin Valley partners with Maryland farmers to make and produce the fine whiskeys and bourbon they will bring along to the Fest.
Dragon Distillery is bringing a selection of its wares, including Bad Bill Tutt Moonshine, Clustered Spires Vodka, and Joust Gin. Dragon gets its name from the founders’ love of Dungeons & Dragons and all things geeky!
Makers’ Mark from Kentucky has made its mark already – come along to the Fest, taste, and decide if any of the new small distillers will give it a run for its money!
Tickets to the Whiskey Rebellion Fest are $50 ($75 at the door), and include unlimited tastings, a souvenir shot glass, photo with ‘President Washington’, presentation of cigar/whiskey pairings, colonial pub games, historical re-enactments, gastropub appetizers, and music by Grand Ole Ditch. Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite…, on the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page, or at the Book Center, N. Centre St.

In photo – Joe Caporale, co-chair of the Whiskey Rebellion Commemoration committee, models  a tricorn hat destined for the Whisky Rebellion Fest.

Joe Caporale

Manatawny Still Works joins the Whiskey Fest!

Manatawny Still Works from Pottstown, PA, will be joining the line-up of distillers offering tastings at the June 10 Allegany Museum Whiskey Rebellion Fest. Manatawny is a state-of-the-art distiller of the highest quality, handcrafted small-batch spirits.

The distillery is modern, but based on old world production with a reverent nod to the history of the region. Their line includes J. Potts Whiskey, Small Batch Series Whiskeys, and other spirits including Three Bitches Wheat Vodka.

The still works is located on the Manatawny tributary of the mighty Schuylkill River. Man’en’tau’wata’wik (Manatawny) was first named by the Lenape Indians, and means “the place we meet to drink”.

The Whiskey Rebellion Fest will provide not only a ‘place to meet to drink’, but an occasion to enjoy gastropub delicacies, the music of Grand Ole’ Ditch, colonial pub games, re-enactments by Embassy Theatre, and even photos with George Washington.

Tickets are available online and at the Book Center, N Centre St.


Museum seminar for educators in ACES class of 2016

The Allegany Museum hosted 15 educators from grade levels K – 12 on Thursday, April 21.  The teachers are members of the ACES (Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System) Program, a hands-on learning approach for educators, sponsored by the Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and the Allegany County Board of Education.

ACES is designed to give educators insight into the operations and decision-making process of a variety of companies within their community.  With an increased understanding of the needs of business, educators return to their students with concrete information about the skills, knowledge and attitudes sought in potential employees.

The Museum shared information about operations as a non-profit, and job skills and careers connected to the museum’s work.

One teacher commented that “This was an incredible evening!  Extremely informational and I am on overload in a good way.”

The teachers and hosting businesses in the ACES program will have the opportunity to meet again on Thursday May 12th to participate in a graduation celebration.

Photo is of the ACES class at the Museum

ACES Class

Kiley O’Haver rocks her Museum Spring Internship

We would like to thank our Spring Intern, Kiley O’Haver, for all the wonderful work she has done for the museum over this semester. Kiley is eighteen years old and graduated with honors from Fort Hill High School in 2015. She is currently working on her history degree at Allegany College, and is a member of two honors societies.

She plans on becoming an archeologist after being inspired by the excavation site out at Mexico Farms. While interning at the museum, Kiley processed accessions and donations, and she also assisted in the creation of the Cameras: Then and Now display.

Through her internship, Kiley developed professional relationships within the local history community.

Kiley said “I have immensely enjoyed my time at the museum. I have learned more about myself and the area. This has opened up many opportunities for me, and has helped me form lasting relationships within my area of study. I loved the adventure of never knowing what item I would find and add into our collection, and helping with the camera show. Thanks for the opportunity!”

Thanks for all your hard work, Kiley! We can’t wait to see where the future takes you!

Allegany Museum relies on volunteers and interns.

Did you know that we only have one paid worker who we can only afford to pay for 20 hours per week? If you would like to help, click here: Partner with usKiley Spring 2016


A quirky taste

One of the ten distillers which will offer tastings at the Whiskey Rebellion Fest June 10th is the quirky ‘Tenth Ward’.
Tenth Ward Distilling is located in what used to be the tenth ward of Frederick MD, when Frederick used to be sectioned into wards.
Tenth Ward produces offbeat spirits by experimenting with unconventional ingredients, recipes, and aging techniques. They will join other distillers, mostly from Maryland, and including Makers’ Mark, to offer superb sips in our commemorative glasses.
Tastings, glasses, Grand Ole’ Ditch, photos with G Washington – that’s just a taste of what is included in tickets to the Fest.
Secure yours today.

tenth ward