Robert Eckles, Woodville & the whiskey rebellion, 6/5/17








Meet Robert Eckles!


Robert Eckles was a wonderful speaker, dressed in historic clothing and so knowledgeable about his subject.  You could just “FEEL” the love he has as President of the Woodville Plantation, for the historic home of John and Presley Neville, in Bridgeville, PA.



Click here to read all about touring “Woodville, the John and Presley Neville House of c.1775, Pittsburgh’s principal link with 18th century American ife and architecture.”












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Our Vice President, Carl Griffith, brought everyone up to date with his latest efforts to collect information about Moon Township.


Carl has been busy doing research on just about everything he can find about Moon Township, whether it’s about oil wells, old maps, or interviewing people who still live on properties handed down to them from their ancestors.  He is passionate about learning more and saving this information for future generations.  He invites YOU to join him in this endeavor.  We need to have more people involved to tell their stories.  Recently, Carl was recognized by Moon Township for his great efforts and Leadership in this area.




Famous Americans associated with the Whiskey Rebellion:


Alexander Hamilton


It was Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury who proposed the excise tax on distilled spirits to help pay the heavy debts left over from the Revolutionary War . Hence the beginnings of the Whiskey Rebellion were born!



George Washington


As President of the United States of America during the Whiskey Rebellion, George Washington was called upon to negotiate compliance from irate farmers.  He recruited 13,000 militamen to subdue the “treasonous farmers,” leading them all the way to Bedford, PA, before returning home.



John Adams


John Adams, V.P. during the Whiskey Rebellion, and second U.S. President, was not exactly friendly with Alexander Hamilton and opposed many of his policies, including the excise tax on distilled spirits.    When he was elected President in 1799, Adams pardoned David Bradford, one of the leaders of the Rebellion.



James Madison


James Madison, 4th President and one of the architects of the U.S. Constitution, also opposed the whiskey tax, but was quiet of the issue because of an agreement with Hamilton to move the nation’s capital to Washington, DC, to offset war debt.



Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson was Secretary of State during the Whiskey Rebellion and our third U.S. President.  He also opposed the distilled spirits tax, but like Madison, remained quiet on the issue in exchange for the Federal government’s assuming the state’s unpaid Revolutionary War debt.  Jefferson revoked the tax when he became President.



John Neville


This French and Indian Wars and Revolutionary War hero was a wealthy land owner, political leader and tax collector.  He served warrants with the Federal Marshals for farmers who failed to obey the tax law.  His beautiful estate, Bower Hill (on the site of Providence Point today), was burned to the ground.



Major General Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee


President George Washington appointed Major General Henry Lee, who was then Governor of Virginia, to lead the militia into Pittsburgh to restore the peace.



David Bradford


David Bradford was a Washington , PA lawyer and second U.S> Attorney General, who had supported the farmers, and encouraged violent resistance.  He addressed Congress on the farmers’ multiple grievances.