Downtown Chambersburg Inc., TBC Brewing Company and The Barrel House invites the public to join them on Friday, July 16th at our Private Stock Single-Barrel Bourbon Release and Tasting Event, hosted by our special guest, Taylor Bostock – Master Blender at Wigle Whiskey!
And now for the details…
What: TBC Brewing Company/The Barrel House’s Official Release and Guided Tasting of our Private Stock Single-Barrel Bourbons crafted by Wigle Whiskey in Pittsburgh, PA. Named in honor of the Burning of Chambersburg, these bourbons are available exclusively from TBC at The Barrel House! Our Burning Barrel is a four-year straight bourbon whiskey barreled in Kelvin Cooperage oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof, and our Smoking Embers is a 2.75-year Wapsie straight bourbon whiskey made with locally-grown Wapsie corn, barreled in Kelvin Cooperage oak barrels and bottled at 92 proof.
When: Friday, July 16th. Doors open at 6 PM with Tasting starting at 7 PM
Cost: $50 + $3 processing fee
Event Ticket Includes:
– Drink ticket for one “welcome” Wigle bourbon slush
– Whiskey education and guided bourbon tasting with Taylor Bostock- Master Blender at Wigle Whiskey
– Food pairings with select meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and other bite-sized morsels
– A special gift from TBC and The Barrel House- a Rocky Patel Barrel Aged Toro Cigar to enjoy while mingling in the courtyard or to take home! Don’t forget your cigar cutter!
– Drink ticket for one neat, rocks or mixed drink pour after the tasting is completed
– Early access to the new line of Barrel House Bourbon soaps from Bawauna Bath + Body
– Additional beverages may be also purchased from the brewery from 6-7 and 830-10
Space is limited, so get your tickets today. For ticket purchase, please go here.
In the summer of 1863, Franklin County PA was the advance and the retreat of the Battle of Gettysburg. Confederate General Robert E. Lee and more than 65,000 men camped in and around Chambersburg. Until the Battle of Gettysburg, the tide of Civil War ebbed and flowed between the North and South. But, with the losses of the Battle of Gettysburg, the chances of Southern victory, it is often seen as the turning point of the American Civil War. But, the Civil War connection does not begin and end here. Chambersburg, PA saw far more destruction in the summer of 1864.
General “Tiger” John McCausland, under orders from General Jubal Early, ransomed Chambersburg for $500,000 in U.S. currency or a $100,000 in gold on July 30, 1864. Unable to raise the money, the town was fired. Confederates ordered the burning as retribution for Union destruction by Union General David Hunter in Virginia.
As the call “remember Chambersburg” echoed throughout the North, the Franklin Repository of August 24, 1864 reported that half of the town’s people were homeless and many more penniless and helpless. Nearly 600 citizens filed claims asking the federal government to repay them for the damage.
Learn more about the Burning of Chambersburg here.
Franklin County Visitors Bureau invites the public to enjoy the talent of the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged Semi-finalists. Seven performers—Big Toe, Evan Crider, For F4ith, Kylie Young, Maple Taco, Marla Hart, and Robert Twine–moved out of the 2019 A Cappella & Unplugged Round One at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, June 22. Judges Heather McEndree of Cumberland Valley School of Music, Jon Meyer of the Capitol Theatre, and Marina Addlesberger of the Chambersburg Ballet Theatre School selected the semi-finalists, based on musical ability, stage presence, creativity, and originality. All can view and like their favorite performance on Facebook.com/FCVBen.
A Cappella & Unplugged 2019 is the fifth annual event, which started in 2015 as part of the 1864 Commemoration. In 1864, during the Civil War, Chambersburg was ransomed for $100,000 in gold or $500,000 in Yankee dollars. The town could not pay the ransom, and it was burned. Yet, today it is a thriving community. A Cappella & Unplugged celebrates the spirit and energy of the people, who rebuilt the community.
From the seven semi-final performances, the three that are most liked will move onto the A Cappella & Unplugged Finals, held on the steps of the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center at 7 PM, just before the 1864 Chambersburg Comes To Life, re-enacting the ransoming, burning and rebirth of the town with lights and atmospheric effects. The crowd at the event and online selects the A Cappella & Unplugged winner, who will receive $500.
The videos of the performances are available on Facebook.com/FCVBen through noon on July 17.
Alexander K. McClure was active in the Republican party, campaigning and supporting Abraham Lincoln. In addition, McClure was an attorney and editor of the local newspaper, Franklin Repository. He was an outspoken critic of the Confederacy and escaped retaliation on his property or person at the two previous invasions of Chambersburg, but in 1864, he was not so fortunate. The following is excerpt from Rev. Benjamin Schenck’s account of the burning.
“Colonel McClure’s beautiful residence, one mile from the centre of town, was evidently marked out for destruction, for no other house between it and the burnt potion of the town was fired. The Colonel was known as a prominent man in National and State affairs, and, after the raid of General “Jenkins and the succeeding invasion by General Lee’s army, he had spoken of Jenkins and his men in no complimentary terms in the paper of which Colonel McClure is chief editor. And although no house in the community was more coveted by rebel officers to be quartered in than his, and for the reason, doubtless, that every comfort and luxury could be had in it, and although Mrs. McClure had, with her well known generosity and kindness of heart, ministered to the necessities and comforts of the sick and wounded insurgents, which were left during General Lee’s invasion, for which she has since received the most touching acknowledgments from some of them — yet, his property was doomed, irrevocably doomed to be burnt. Captain Smith, son of Governor Smith of Virginia, with a squad of men, passing by all the intervening houses, entered the devoted mansion with the information to Mrs. McClure, then and for some time before an invalid, that the house must be burned by way of retaliation. Ten minutes were given her in which to leave the house, and in less than ten minutes the flames were doing their work of destruction, and Mrs. McClure and the other members of the family at home, started on foot, in the heat of one of the hottest days I have ever known, in order to escape the vengeance of the chivalry
Whilst the flames were progressing in the house as well as the large and well-filled barn, the Captain helped himself to Mrs. McClure’s gold watch, silver pitcher and other valuables. The gold watch and other articles were easily concealed, but the silver pitcher was rather unwieldy, and could not be secreted from profane eyes as he rode back through town from the scene of his triumph. He resolved, therefore, to give a public display of his generosity. He stopped at the house of the Rev. James Kennedy, and handed the pitcher to his wife, with the request, “Please deliver this to Mrs. Colonel McClure, with the compliments of Captain Smith.”