CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 17 Made in America: Part II - Page 116

W W W. C R A F T BY U M H . C O M PHOTO CREDIT: Pubic Domain George Washington’s Distillery ® , Mount Vernon, Virginia, July 8, 2015 almost 13,000 soldiers was raised from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Virginia. Led by President Washington himself, the show of force was de- signed to pacify the instigators and bring the rebellion to an end. In late 1794, the rebellion did end with the arrest of many of the leaders of the insurrection. Several were tried and convicted, and all were pardoned by President Washing- ton. Of particular note, it is reported that there was little attempt to collect the tax from distillers in Kentucky, and only a handful were ever even charged with failure to pay. By the end of the Whiskey Rebellion, many of the rye whiskey distillers in West- ern Pennsylvania felt totally abandoned and disenfranchised by the federal government. They felt that perhaps it would be better if they just moved farther away from the flagpole. Enticed by the potential opportunities in the west and encouraged by the fact that Kentucky distillers were not being forced to pay the whiskey tax, many distillers packed up their stills, grabbed some rye seeds, and headed down the Monongahela River to the Ohio River to seek their fortunes in the west. When these distillers got to Louisville, the falls of the Ohio forced them to leave the river. This is where expertise met opportunity. There were thousands of farms in Kentucky, mostly growing Indian maize, or corn, that could use a distiller, just like the farms they left in Pennsylvania. These distill- ers fanned out across the state, planted their rye, and set up their stills. By 1810,