Birthplace of Bourbon

Signs of HistorySM


The Rev. Elijah Craig, founder of "Craig's Classical School", first distilled bourbon whiskey on this site in 1789. A pioneer from Virginia, the Rev. Craig set up his grain mill and used the fine limestone water of Royal Spring to develop the first sour mash process in the production of bourbon. The Rev. Craig is also noted as the founder of the city of Georgetown and operated the first fulling mill and paper mill west of the Allegheny mountains.

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