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...


Elijah Craig, the Father of Bourbon, passed away at the age of 79 in Kentucky.
Elijah Craig

Elijah Craig

Born in Orange, VA, Elijah Craig would become known as the “Father of Bourbon” for his discovery of charring barrels for aging whiskey. He was not only a reverend, a farmer, and a fire chief, but he would open a clothing manufacturing plan, a paper mill, a...