St. Clair’s Spirits: A Tasting
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Enjoy a rare opportunity to taste a white rye whiskey made exclusively for Fort Ligonier by West Overton Distilling Company. The collaboration pays tribute to Arthur St. Clair and Westmoreland County’s 250th anniversary. Only 250 bottles of the limited-edition run will be available for sale! The special outdoor evening whiskey tasting event includes light bites and musical entertainment in the Lower Fort.
This is the first time West Overton Distilling Company will produce white rye whiskey for another entity. The limited run will be the first batch made entirely with rye grown at West Overton since the 1800s. Remaining bottles of the new whiskey will be sold Saturdays at West Overton’s Educational Distillery and selected dates at Fort Ligonier.
About Arthur St. Clair
Arthur St. Clair was born in Scotland in 1737. He served as an officer in the British Army during the French and Indian War. He resigned his commission and settled in the Ligonier Valley in 1764. He was the largest landowner in Western Pennsylvania at that time. By the time of the Revolution, St. Clair considered himself more of an American than a British subject and rose through the ranks of the Continental Army to become a major general. St. Clair served as the first governor of the Northwest Territory from 1788 to 1802. While in that position, he split his time between the territory, Philadelphia, and his home, The Hermitage in the Ligonier countryside. The parlor from Arthur St. Clair’s home is exhibited in Fort Ligonier’s Museum. Arthur St. Clair died in poverty in 1818, and is buried in St. Clair Park in Greensburg, Pa.