Woodville Plantation Blog

Launching Our New Adopt a Chicken Program!

May 22, 2019


The Woodville Dominique Chickens have returned to their place at the Neville House and we thank everyone that came out this past Sunday for their homecoming (and to those that came by earlier in the day for the Whiskey Rebellion Bus Tour). Now that Henry and the girls are back, we are launching our new Adopt a Chicken program in order to keep this attraction at the Neville House thriving.

Three tiers are in the Adopt a Chicken program. The first is a $15.00 donation. With this one, you help the chickens with getting their healthy treats, medicine, and any enrichment toys. You also receive the following:

– Dominique Chicken Fact Sheet (Dominique Chickens were among the earliest breeds of chickens in America)

– Acknowledgement on the forthcoming new website under “Friends of the Flock”

– Your choice of a “Friend of the Flock” button or magnet


The Second Tier is a $50.00 donation. With this one, you help keep our chickens (and their pen) clean, well-fed, and happy. You also receive the following:

– All items from the $15.00 + donation tier

– You also get to name your adopted chicken

– Adoption certificate for you named chicken

– Woodville Plantation egg storage container


And for those feeling extra generous, there is the Henry the Rooster $100.00 donation.


If you wish to donate, you may do so in person on your next visit to Woodville. You can also mail us a check with your preferred amount, or use the button below for an online donation!


Adopt a Chicken Program Tiers


We thank you all for your support this season, and we look forward to bringing you more entertaining and informative events!

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The Devil is in the Bandbox…

February 4, 2019


Those that have been to visit the Neville House very often are shown the signatures etched into the window panes located in the parlour. One custom among the wealthy was giving house guests a diamond or diamond ring so that they might etch their names into the glass. It worked like a modern guest book.

One saying that has drawn much fascination for many of our visitors is a certain set of sentences:

“The Devil is in the Bandbox. Don’t you hear him bawl…”

Well, that saying has now gotten Woodville and the Neville House its very own beer and a nice collaboration with North Country Brewing Company in Slippery Rock!  The beer is up and is so far very well reviewed and favored by patrons. One of our museum aides described it as having a nice, malty start with spices in the middle, and the chocolate as the subtle, final flavor (she also stated that it goes well with apple bread pudding for dessert). It has been likened to beers by top microbreweries, Southern Tier and Trogs. This marks the first time they have had 2 chocolate beers on tap– Liquid Love being the other.

The “Devil” is a brown ale that starts with 580 pounds of malt, and is then flavored with 10 pounds of American Heritage chocolate,  cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne finished on cinnamon sticks,  cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and a touch of ancho chilis.  It is the perfect blend of sweet heat. And, better still, a percentage of the sale of the Devil goes to Woodville Plantation. So go have a beer for the cause!

Keep in mind that this is a limited edition beer which probably will be available for the rest of February so plan accordingly.
North Country Brewery is located in Slippery Rock, PA at 141 S Main St.
Start planning your visit there by visiting their website and seeing what they have to offer!
North Country Brewing Website

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Woodville Partners with farmraiser.com and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds from Feb 1-25!

February 1, 2019

Greetings to gardeners and supporters of the Woodville Plantation gardens!

We are happy to announce that we are partnering with farmraiser.com and Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds for a spring fundraiser. Many of our visitors love visiting the gardens located just outside the historic Neville House and this is a great way to not only support necessary maintenance of the gardens, but also acquire some high quality seeds for you to have in your own garden.

This is an online event, so there is no need to leave your home and you can participate at your own convenience!

Here’s how to participate:

-visit the link below and view the great selection of heirloom seeds

– there is a variety of seeds to choose from, including vegetables, flowers, herbs, seed mixes, seed kits, and heirlooms

-add to your basket and make your purchase at checkout via credit card

All seeds will be delivered to Woodville Plantation in early March (you will be notified of when they arrive).


Purchase your garden seeds through farmraiser.com and help the Woodville gardens at the same time. It’s a win-win!

The fundraiser runs from February 1-February 25.

Thank you to all that have supported and visited us this far and we hope to see more of you in 2019!


-Woodville Staff


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Join Us on March 16 for the 3rd Annual Candlelight Concert with Pittsburgh Historical Music Society!

January 26, 2019

The Pittsburgh Historical Music Society (PHMS) Orchestra along with guest performers extend a cordial invitation to join us for an 18th century style evening filled with music, candlelight, and delectable delights!
Hors d’oeuvres, sweets and libations will be provided in the beautiful Neville House parlour at Woodville Plantation. The plantation is located at 1375 Washington Pike Bridgeville, PA 15017-2821.
The PHMS is conducted by William Lockard. The PHMS endeavors to bring a vibrant historical music experience to life, transporting our audiences into the past.
Advance registration for this family friendly event is required and seating is limited. The all- inclusive price is $25.00 per person.
Please reserve your place by registering at the link below.
As always, period attire is most welcome but not at all required.
Should you have any questions, please contact Woodville Plantation at nevillehouseassociates@gmail.com (412) 221-0348.

PHMS Concert Ticket

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Happy 2019! Huzzah!

January 20, 2019

Greetings and Huzzah!

We hope everyone is having a safe and wonderful new year so far. At Woodville, we are working on putting together our 2019 calendar and look forward to presenting you with many exciting events for this year. We have many great events in the works, one of the first ones being the 3rd Annual Candlelight Concert with the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society, an event for which tickets will be going on sale shortly. You can either check back here at the website for when the tickets go on sale, or join the Facebook Event page for this candlelight concert and get instant updates.

3rd Annual Candlelight Concert with PHMS Facebook Event page

We are also honored to be among those sites recommended by the website Only in Your State. In fact, we are number 2 on their stop! Check it out:

Only in Your State recommends Woodville Plantation

There are a lot of great events in the works, some of them our more popular events from previous years and others that will be brand new to our regular visitors. We hope 2019 is treating you all well and that you will be joining us this year for what we have to offer!

-Woodville Plantation staff


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Thank you and Happy Holidays!

December 22, 2018

We at Woodville would like to thank all that joined us for our 2018 season. We are looking forward to enjoying the holidays, but are also working on getting our 2019 season together! There are a lot of great ideas floating around and we can’t wait to bring them to you and also bring you along for the ride.

Check back for more details and see what we will have going on after the new year. All of us at Woodville Plantation and the Neville House hope you have a wonderful holiday with family and friends.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

And don’t forget to join us on Facebook!

-Woodville staff


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Etched in History – Woodville’s Window Etchings

November 10, 2017

Join Woodville’s archaeologist Nina Schreiner to discuss the names etched on the windows at Woodville and tour the plantation. 1 – 4pm  Admission $5

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Pitt Students Visit Woodville Plantation

October 5, 2017

Revisiting history: students travel to slave plantation

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Woodville Celebrates Whiskey Rebellion Anniversary

August 10, 2017

Check out the Trib-Live article written by John Oyler about the annual re-enactment celebration of the Whiskey Rebellion and the battle of Bower Hill. 


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Eastern Woodland Native American Cultural Immersion Day

July 18, 2017

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The Home of John and Presley Neville, circa 1780

Woodville, the John and Presley Neville house, is Southwestern Pennsylvania’s principal link to the late 18th century, interpreting the time period of 1780-1820 and documenting the lives of the three families that resided there, the Nevilles (1775-1815), the Cowans (1815-1835), and the Wrenshalls (1835-1975).

Interested in renting the grounds and facilities at Woodville?

Visit our rental page for more details

Wayne's Legion

Please visit the website for Wayne's Legion, a group of dedicated individuals based at Woodville Plantation who recreate the first Army of the United States from 1792-1796.