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Woodville, the Home of John and Presley Neville
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Color photograph of home.

Credit: Courtesy of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, Don Giles

In the early 1780s, General John Neville and his son Presley constructed Woodville, a Virginia-style country residence on land still claimed by both Pennsylvania and Virginia. Once complete, Neville gave the home to Presley and moved to nearby Bower Hill. When Whiskey Rebellion protestors burned down Bower Hill in July 1794, Neville returned to Woodville, where guests and relatives scratched their signatures into the window panes with the point of a diamond. Today, Woodville is owned by the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation and open to the public.

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