Woodford distillery’s past comes to light with archaeology dig
Brown-Forman owns the Woodford Reserve Distillery near Versailles, on the site of the original Pepper distillery. Late this summer, archaeologists began excavating around the 1812 log cabin built by Elijah Pepper on a hill above Glenn’s Creek, where the first distillery and grist mill were built.
“We hoped to find any artifacts or architectural remains that would help fill in the picture of life there at the Pepper house,” said Dr. Kim McBride, co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, which is a partnership between the University of Kentucky Department of Anthropology and the Kentucky Heritage Council.
McBride and the other archaeologists located an area just to the side of the house, which is still standing, that proved a surprisingly rich source of one of archaeology’s best resources: trash.
I love love love bourbon. Coincidentally, they mention one James Christopher Crow: I wondered if he had anything to do with:
And sure enough, he does!
That was sort of my ‘brand’ for a while, back when I was A) Drinking, and B) Cheap. We discovered Old Crow when I was in a frat — AXP or Alpha Chi Rho* (Chi-Rho = Crow). Kinda rot gut stuff, but it did the trick. I have had this bottle for years and it’s been in use for watering plants and other things.
I’d buy something better if I decided I wanted to slug down some whiskey these days because I am now A) Not drinking, and B) Not that cheap.
Okay, I might get some for old time’s sake.
* Some interesting (which is one way to put it) stories from those days, remind me to tell you some sometime. Also has some interesting historical/religious connections AND is the source of the very first thing I ever published!