After 224 years, America’s first President will return to Cumberland!

Allegany Museum has secured nationally known George Washington “living biographer” Carl Closs to visit the 2018 George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Festival, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation. The Fest, a gala event held at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing Street, Cumberland opens Friday June 8, 6.00 to 10pm.

We celebrate that Cumberland was the place where George Washington led troops at the beginning and at the close of his military career.

When President Washington rode into Cumberland to suppress the Whiskey Rebellion, it was the only time a sitting President has lead troops into the field.  In 1794, Washington rallied militias at Fort Cumberland, which led to the successful rout of the ‘scoundrels’ who rebelled against his government’s tax on liquor, known as the Whiskey Rebellion.

Mr. Closs is a serious scholar and lively speaker who delights audiences with little-known, instructive and entertaining Washington facts. Ask him anything, and ‘George’ will be delighted to give you a well-researched and entertaining answer!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get to know ‘George’, and have your photo taken with him. Also at the Fest, you can play live Colonial games, and sample small batch whiskies and other spirits, sample craft beers, and enjoy the open beer and wine bar. Of course, all of this will be accompanied by continuous servings of the delicious canapes that the Fest has become known for. Take home a bag of goodies, and get home safely with Sober Rides.

Irresistible – and all money raised helps the Allegany Museum keep its doors open.

Tickets are available through the ‘book now’ buttons at www.whiskeyrebellioncumberland.org, and on the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page. You can also purchase them at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, or Main Street Books in Frostburg. Tickets are $50 per person ($75 at the door).

Welcome Whistlepigs!

Whistlepig Distillery in Vermont will be joining more than a dozen other distillers and two distributors at the 2018 George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation.

Whistlepig produces true farm-to-bottle whiskey. The owners grow rye on the farm where the distillery is located, age their rye whiskey in barrels made from their own oak trees, and finish it with water from their own well.

The distillery’s name derives from Mauve and Mortimer, whistlepigs (aka ‘groundhogs’) who used to live on the farm. Mauve became ‘Matron of the Brand’ and Mortimer was immortalized in the 2014 Boss Hog release – ‘The Spirit of Mortimer’.

Whistlepig produces several ryes. Rye Crop 001 marries the richness of their best five to six-year ryes, topped off with the splendor of the 12 Year whiskey. Old World Cask Finish is aged 12 years, and the Robb Report called it the ‘best of the best’.

Make sure to visit their tasting table at the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation, Friday June 8, 6-10 pm, at the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland.

Tickets include whiskey tastings from more than a dozen small batch distillers, an open beer and wine bar, craft beer tastings, great food, colonial pub games, a visit from George Washington, and much more.
Tickets are available through the ‘order tickets ’buttons at www.whiskeyrebellioncumberland.com, and on the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page. You can also purchase them at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, or Main Street Books in Frostburg. Tickets are $50 per person ($75 at the door) and include the Fest’s renowned and delicious canapes and an open beer and wine bar.