This stone structure is located on Glenn’s Creek just downstream from the McCracken Mill and 4 miles from Versailles, Kentucky. Named Glenn’s Creek Distillery, it was the first distillery in America to employ Dr. James C. Crow. Dr. Crow studied medicine and chemistry at Edinburgh University before immigrating to Kentucky in 1823, where he applied his genius directly to whiskey. First at Glenn’s Creek distillery, and later at Old Oscar Pepper distillery, he took what had been a haphazard procedure and applied to it a scientific method. His methods were adopted by other big distilleries, and by his death in 1856, it had become commonplace in bourbon distillation, as it still is to this day. So great was Crow’s influence that the New York Times, nearly a half-century after his death, would write that “to him, more than any other man, is due the international reputation that Kentucky whiskey enjoys.”
At some point prior to 1903, the distillery was sold and shortly thereafter it was closed and dismantled. There is no mention in the Kentucky tax records after 1900.
Address3629 McCracken Pike
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