Museum to offer great children’s activities at George Washington’s Whiskey Rebellion Celebration

The Allegany Museum will be providing terrific children’s activities on Saturday June 9 as part of the Heritage Days event.

The Museum’s George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Celebration, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation, has invited nationally-renown George Washington ‘living biographer’ Karl Cross to interact with children and their parents.

The First Virginia Regiment will portray the Virginian Militia as mustered to be part of the Federal Army that marched from Fort Cumberland.  They will hang out in children’s area to talk about the militia, and will provide some wooden guns for children to march with. All re-enactors participating in the Whiskey Rebellion Celebration events have been sponsored by Carl Belt Inc.

Children will be able to make their own models of Washington and of Fort Cumberland, take pony rides from noon to 2 pm, have their pictures taken with ‘George Washington’ and ‘Alexander Hamilton’ cut-outs, and also participate in painting ‘Kindness Rocks’ in red, white and blue, then placing one word or short phrase on the rock that describes being kind to others.  These painted rocks will be the start of the ‘Allegany Museum/Allegany County Kindness Rock Painting Project’.

Suzanne Trussell, an archeologist devoted to the history of the Cumberland area, will lead tours of the Fort Cumberland area, and other historic points of interest.

The Museum’s George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Celebration will also be providing a beer tent for adults in another area of Washington Street.

The George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest kicks off the Washington heritage celebration on Friday June 8, 6 to 10 pm, in the Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland MD.

Guests at the Fest will also enjoy continuous servings of canapes by Good Carma catering, an open beer and wine bar, the opportunity to mingle with ‘George Washington’ and other reenactors including George’s wife. Tickets also include the opportunity to play Colonial games, win one or more unique luxury items in the silent auction, photos with President Washington, and a goody bag to take home. Sober rides are available.

Advance purchase tickets are only $50 – $75 at the door.

Tickets are available at the Book Center, Centre St Cumberland, Main Street Books in Frostburg, through the Whiskey Rebellion Cumberland Facebook page or simply click here.

Children’s Activities at the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Celebration 2017


 “Appalachian Welcome” Concert and Exhibit  

Allegany Museum will feature in an Appalachian historical music festival “From Britain to the Blue Ridge”. “From Britain to the Blue Ridge” celebrates the special heritage of the “crossover” of British ballads to the Appalachian Mountains.

Mountainside Baroque leads the festival of music, which runs Friday and Saturday June 14 and 17. Program and ticket information can be found at https://

The Festival opens Thursday, June 14, 3:00pm-4:45pm in the Allegany Museum ballroom, 3 Pershing St, Cumberland, MD 21502, with the “Appalachian Welcome” Concert and Exhibit.

Both the concert and exhibit track the musical connections between the 17th and 18th century British Isles tradition and its inheritors in the Appalachian Mountains. Joining the group will be soprano Rebecca Beasley, violinist Stephanie Raby, and the multi-talented Keith Collins with an array of period reproductions of both traditional and Appalachian instruments.

The Allegany Museum exhibition will highlight the special connections between Appalachia and the songs and ballads of the British Isles. Photos, diary entries, historical recording equipment, historical audio recordings, publications, antique musical instruments and a storyboard of Appalachian music evolution will be displayed in front of an  ‘Appalachian porch’.  There will also be activities for school age children.

For more information call the Museum on 301-777-7200.

Keith Collins, who will play period reproductions of both traditional and Appalachian instruments


The Cardinal Club of Cumberland and Braddock Maryland Rye Whiskey

The Cardinal Athletic Club was founded in 1907 by a group of ten teenage boys, and was devoted to camping and other outdoor activities.

The club had social and meeting rooms in Miller’s Dance Hall, in the rear of N. Centre Street between Frederick and Bedford Streets. Many of the area’s finest musicians were members. For more about the Club, see the Whilbr page.

If you look closely at this 1910 photo of a Cardinal Club of Maryland outing, you can see several bottles of Braddock Maryland Rye Whiskey (Photo is from the collection of Angela and Albert Feldstein, with thanks.)

Braddock Maryland Rye, distilled in Cumberland by James Clark, was “the finest all-rye whiskey in the United States”, (according to a 1910 advertisement). There were dozens of whiskey distilleries in Maryland in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Braddock was by far the second largest.

“Since very early in the [nineteenth] Century the whiskies distilled in Maryland have been renowned…. The equable climate, remarkably soft water, together with the Superior rye grown on the uplands of Maryland, combine to make the product of her stills peerless among the whiskies of America”. (From the back label (c. 1900) of Waldorf Maryland Old Rye Whiskey.)

Maryland distillers have recently revived the art of creating rye whiskey, and several will be offering tastings and bottle sales at the George Washington Whiskey Rebellion Fest, brought to you by the Community Trust Foundation. The Fest opens on Friday June 8, 6-10pm at Allegany Museum, 3 Pershing St Cumberland. The Fest is Allegany Museum’s major fundraiser.

A ticket to the Fest entitles you to sample offerings from a dozen whiskey, gin, brandy and vodka producers, and craft beers from Terrapin, Dogfish Head, Antietam, and Stone.  Bottle sales will be available.

You will be able to participate in live Colonial games, mingle with re-enactors, get souvenir photos, and take home a goody bag. Enjoy the open beer and wine bar, and continuous delicious canapes by Good Carma.

Only $50 per ticket ($75 at the door). Purchase through the Whiskey Rebellion Facebook page or, or at the Book Center, Cumberland, or Main St Books, Frostburg.