The Whiskey Rebellion – Pre-Prohibition Era Distillery

One of the most fun explores I’ve had in recent times.

This is a distillery built sometime in the 1850s. Three different labels of whiskey were produced here.

After the death of the original owner the distillery was handed over to his son, who unfortunately died in the same year. It was then given to other family members, and operations continued for a few more decades. The distillery continued to operate through the Prohibition on a very coveted “medicinal” contract. Whiskey could still be obtained if prescribed by a doctor.

The operation changed hands a couple more times before it was finally shut down permanently in the 1960s. Since then a few of the buildings have come down and most of the equipment has been removed.

I was amazed to find some of the hoppers and other wooden machinery fully intact. There were a few parts of the facility that were inaccessible, but we were still able to really take our time exploring most of what was on offer.

And for those of you who don’t like fisheyes sorry. I had borrowed one for a couple weeks, and I abused it. I feel as though it was pretty appropriate here though.

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Unfortunately, this building had limited access to the upper floors. The spiral staircase was the only way we found that led up, but it’s integrity was extremely suspect. So from there we moved to the next building. More of a warehouse type building.

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The next building could almost be considered multiple buildings because of the way we had to access each part. It was by far the most expansive and interesting of the three.

We could see other levels to this part of the building, but could not find access to them. So we worked our way back down to move around to the last section of the building that we had time to explore.

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