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19th-century bourbon distillery found in Kentucky

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A 19th century bourbon distillery has been found on the site of the Woodford Reserve Distillery near Versailles, Kentucky, 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.

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Story: Janet Patton, Kentucky.com | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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