Why Is Kentucky Home To So Many Distilleries?

Why Is Kentucky Home To So Many Distilleries?

We all know that there are lots of distilleries in Kentucky. Why Kentucky? There are many reasons for Kentucky maintaining its hold on whiskey production in the United States during and after Prohibition (we’ll discuss that another time…), but it had to all start somehow… Before Kentucky became a state in 1792, the country was changing and growing and settlers were making their homes in the Virginia Colony. Folks like Daniel Boone were making their way through the Cumberland Gap and moving west. Part of the interest in seeking out land in Virginia were the land grants offered to soldiers after the Revolutionary War. In 1779, the Virginia Land Office was established and official awards of “bounty lands” were awarded for specified Revolutionary...

Bourbon County History

Did you know that Bourbon County was originally part of Virginia? Bourbon County may not be the namesake for our favorite American liquor… Kentucky was formed as a county of Virginia between 1776 and 1777 after the 13 colonies established their independence. It was first called Fincastle County, VA before the name was changed to Kentucky. In 1780, Kentucky County was divided into Fayette, Lincoln and Jefferson Counties. In 1786, Bourbon County was formed by the division of Fayette County. When Bourbon County was formed, there were only 7 counties within Kentucky. In 1789, Mason County’s formation cut Bourbon County almost in half. Then in 1792, when Kentucky became a state, it was divided again by Clark and Harrison Counties. The very large segment of...