2014 Whiskey Rebellion Festival

July 13, 2014

Compatriots of the George Washington Chapter were proud to attend the annual Whiskey Rebellion Festival held on Saturday, July 13, 2014 in Washington, PA. The festival celebrates the heritage and unique character of the region by focusing on the historical significance of the Whiskey Rebellion. The history of the rebellion is unique to western Pennsylvania and primarily Washington County. Community focused entertainment and family activities create a festival that pays tribute to the past, celebrates the present, and looks toward the future.

2014 Whiskey Rebellion Fesitval - George Washington Chapter SAR

Pictured above from left to right: Jack Schreiber, Ron Miller, Ron Eisert, Ed Schreiber, and Lindsy Morris.

The Whiskey Rebellion was a tax protest in the early years of the United States. During the presidency of George Washington, farmers who sold their grain in the form of whiskey were required to pay a new tax which they strongly resented. The excise tax was a part of treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton’s program to pay off the national debt.

On the western frontier, which included southwestern Pennsylvania, protesters used violence and intimidation to prevent federal officials from collecting the tax. In one instance, angry mobs tarred and feathered a tax collector, which is re-enacted each year at the Whiskey Rebellion Festival.

In 1794, President Washington responded by calling a militia of 13,000 men to suppress the uprising.  By the time the militia arrived, the rebels had dispersed, and there was no confrontation. The response demonstrated that the federal government had the authority to levy taxes and suppress resistance to its laws.

2014 Whiskey Rebellion Festival - George Washington Chapter SAR

Chapter President Ron Miller

Compatriots of the George Washington Chapter regularly attend historical events within our region, such as the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, as well as parades and memorial ceremonies in which various chapter members dress in colonial period attire. The chapter is always looking for new members to actively participate in our meetings and activities, which include luncheons, picnics, and time to hear speakers present on topics related to Revolutionary War Era history.

For more information regarding membership, please contact chapter Secretary and Registrar Gary Timmons at g.timmons@comcast.net


May / June 2014 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

June 15, 2014

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January / February 2014 George Washington Chapter Newsletter.

March 23, 2014

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Here you will find the January / February 2014 Newsletter for the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. We encourage you to browse our website and consider joining us at our next chapter meeting!


November / December 2013 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

November 12, 2013

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Here you will find the November / December 2013 Newsletter for the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The annual Christmas luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 7th at Noon at the Union Grill on Wheeling Street in Washington, PA. The cost is $18.00 per person and reservations and payment need to be received by Friday, November 30th. To find out more information about the meeting and how to attend, please click on the newsletter link above. We encourage everyone to attend, including community members who may not be SAR members.


October 2013 George Washington Chapter Newsletter

October 5, 2013

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Here you will find the October 2013 Newsletter for the George Washington Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. The October 2013 chapter luncheon meeting will be held at the Ramada Inn in Washington, PA on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM. To find out more information about the meeting and how to attend, please click on the newsletter link above. We encourage everyone to attend, including community members who may not be SAR members.


August 2013 Chapter Picnic

August 26, 2013

George Washington Chapter 2013 Picnic

On Saturday, August 24, 2013, the George Washington Chapter held its annual picnic at Cross Creek Park in Washington County. Eleven SAR members and their guests attended the event; 19 attendees in total. A special thanks goes out to The Schreibers for their hospitality and for providing the delicious food.


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