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Mahoning Valley Historical Society continues its History To Go Event Series 2019 with a Whiskey Rebellion-themed bus tour to Pittsburgh, PA on Sunday, August 18 from 8:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.

This customized event includes visits to the Senator John Heinz History Center, the Strip District, Wigle Distillery & Tasting Room, and Allegheny Cemetery. A chartered bus will transport guests throughout the day, departing and returning to Tyler History Center in Downtown Youngstown at 325 W. Federal St.

MVHS Executive Director, Bill Lawson, and History To Go Team Chairperson, Frank Rulli, will provide historical context around the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, which may have played a role in some settlement into the Mahoning Valley. After visiting the Heinz History Center and lunchtime on your own in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the group is scheduled to visit Wigle Whiskey Distillery. According to the company’s web site, “In the 1790s, Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector and unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington’s troops. He was sentenced to hang for treason but was ultimately pardoned by Washington.” In addition to a tour of the facility, an optional whiskey tasting will be available for an additional fee of $10.

The final stop on this tour before returning to Youngstown will be a visit to nearby Allegheny Cemetery. Buried there is General John Neville, a key figure in this chapter of American history when the federal government imposed the first tax domestically. This event will go on rain or shine. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Pre-registration and payment for this event may be secured by signing up here, or by calling Linda Kostka at 330-743-2589 to reserve and pay for their bus seat. Seats are limited so pre-registration is required. The fee for this tour is $60 for both MVHS members and non-members, which includes the bus fare and admission costs to Heinz History Center and Wigle Distillery.