Lecture: The Whiskey Boys and the Watermelon Army

Event Location

Rock Ford Plantation

881 Rockford Road

Lancaster, PA 17602


  • $5 non-members; free for members


  • 28 Sep

Beginning in 1791, farmers in western Pennsylvania protested the whiskey tax, an excise on distilled spirits imposed by the new federal Congress. Resistance grew into a rebellion that, by 1794, instigated an armed confrontation with the new national government. To suppress the uprising, President George Washington himself led a 13,000-man army into the field. The Whiskey Insurrection was more than a battle about taxes: it was nothing less than a contest over the meaning of the American Revolution. This lecture is being presented by Robyn Lily Davis, Ph.D., the Colonial and American Revolution specialist in the History Department at Millersville University. This event will be held in the Rock Ford Barn. No reservations are required. Seating is limited.

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