Back To Previous Page

Library Evenings Upstairs -The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Journey

Overview 
Listings 

Overview

The Birth of Bourbon : A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries presented by Carol Peachee, Kentucky Writer & award-winning photographer. Whiskey making has been an integral part of American history since frontier times. In Kentucky, early settlers brought stills to preserve grain, and they soon found that the limestone-filtered water and the unique climate of the scenic Bluegrass region made it an ideal place for the production of barrel-aged liquor. And so, bourbon whiskey was born. Award-winning photographer Carol Peachee, author of The Birth of Bourbon : A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries, will discuss lost distilleries as well as facilities undergoing renewal, such as the famous Old Taylor and James E. Pepper distilleries in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2010, the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington was the first set of ruins that Peachee photographed. Four years later, the location was repurposed and commercialized. Just months after she visited the Old Crow Distillery in Millville, the ruins were sold to entrepreneurs who plan to build a craft distillery in the bottling house. Likewise, the Dowling Distilleries warehouse in Burgin was photographed in the process of being torn down. Major buildings at other sites like Buffalo Springs Distillery in Stamping Ground did not survive to be photographed. As more & more distilleries are lost or altered the photos provide an important glimpse of the past and detailed insight into Kentucky’s relationship with bourbon. Peachee is the co-founder of the Kentucky Women’s Photography Network. Co-Sponsored By The Kentucky Humanities Council & The Friends of The Library

Library Evenings Upstairs -The Birth of Bourbon: A Photographic Journey

Listings