1878

Being close to bankruptcy and owing him a substantial amount of money, Col. E. H. Taylor sells the O.F.C. Distillery and the Carlisle Distillery to George T. Stagg. Just 4 years later, lightning strikes and burns it down in “The Great Fire”. A year later,...
1869

1869

Just two years after opening his first distillery, Col. E. H. Taylor purchases the Leestown Distillery which he renames to O.F.C. Distillery in 1870. O.F.C. stood for “old fire and copper.”

1867

Col. E.H. Taylor opens his first distillery, The Hermitage, named after Andrew Jackson’s Estate.

1789

Elijah Craig opens a distillery in, what was then, Fayette County, KY, which would become Scott County in 1792. It was never located in Bourbon County. Though he is known as the “Father of Bourbon” there is little to no evidence he was distilling whiskey...
Heaven Hill Distillery

Heaven Hill Distillery

Joseph L. Beam helps establish the Heaven Hill Distillery with four other investors, including two of the Shapira brothers, David and Ed. Due to financial troubles, Joseph would sell his shares of the company to the Shapira brothers, a fact that Heaven Hill disregards...