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Buffalo Trace Distillery

Free House

 
 
Buffalo Trace Free House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, January 1, 2006
1. Buffalo Trace Free House Marker
Inscription. In the early days of whiskey production, a tax was levied on the product as soon as it left the still. Knowing that bourbon improved through aging, distilleries convinced the government that the tax should not fall due until the maturation process had ended. The government relented and gave distilleries two years before the tax would fall due. If, at the end of two years, the distilleries did not have a customer for the whiskey, they had to pay the tax. At this point the bourbon was removed from the bonded warehouse and stored in the free house, so named because the whiskey was now "free" of tax.

 
Erected 2001 by United States Department of the Interior. (Marker Number 01000450.)
 
Location. 38° 12.973′ N, 84° 52.271′ W. Marker is in Frankfort, Kentucky, in Franklin County. Click for map. located at the "Buffalo Trace Distillery" in Frankfort, Kentucky. From U.S. 421 - turn North onto Fair Oaks Lane (a.k.a.: Great Buffalo Trace Road) to enter the grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, Frankfort KY 40601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Buffalo Trace (within shouting distance of this marker); Buffalo Trace Distillery - - Warehouse C
Buffalo Trace Distillery "Free House" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
2. Buffalo Trace Distillery "Free House" Marker
"Eddie" our Tour Guide - - Going into the Warehouse
(about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leestown (approx. ľ mile away); Great Buffalo Trace (approx. 0.3 miles away); Franklin County Hemp / Hemp in Kentucky (approx. 0.4 miles away); Glen Willis (approx. 0.4 miles away); Locks and Dams (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dry Stone Masonry in Kentucky (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Frankfort.
 
Also see . . .
1. Buffalo Trace Distillery History : :. This link has an excellent History of the Buffalo Trace - plus - other items.... (Submitted on September 6, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 

2. Making Wooden Barrels ::. Courtesy YouTube this video helps to understand some of points of making the barrel... (Submitted on September 6, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable BuildingsNotable Places
 
Long View - - Buffalo Trace Distillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
3. Long View - - Buffalo Trace Distillery Marker
Buffalo Trace Distillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
4. Buffalo Trace Distillery Marker
Buffalo Trace Distillery
Has been placed on the
National Register
of Historic Places

by the United States
Department of the Interior
Sign - - Buffalo Trace Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
5. Sign - - Buffalo Trace Distillery
One of the Wood Carved Buffalo - Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
6. One of the Wood Carved Buffalo - Visitor Center
From Visitor Center - - Warehouse image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
7. From Visitor Center - - Warehouse
Buffalo Trace Distillery Buildings image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
8. Buffalo Trace Distillery Buildings
Buffalo Trace Distillery Mural image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
9. Buffalo Trace Distillery Mural
Buffalo Trace Distillery - Plant Drive-way... image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
10. Buffalo Trace Distillery - Plant Drive-way...
Historic Warehouse - - Buffalo Trace Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
11. Historic Warehouse - - Buffalo Trace Distillery
The Historic Warehouse is yet in use with wall to wall inventory of maturing product..!
Other Buildings - - Buffalo Trace Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
12. Other Buildings - - Buffalo Trace Distillery
Another Warehouse image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
13. Another Warehouse
Old Barrel Cart image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
14. Old Barrel Cart
Closer - - Barrel Cart image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
15. Closer - - Barrel Cart
Historic View - - Old "Moon Shine" Still image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
16. Historic View - - Old "Moon Shine" Still
Historic View - - Newer - Copper "Moon Shine" Still image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
17. Historic View - - Newer - Copper "Moon Shine" Still
Interior of a Warehouse . . . image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
18. Interior of a Warehouse . . .
Bottling Process - - Buffalo Trace Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
19. Bottling Process - - Buffalo Trace Distillery
Lids On ...... image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
20. Lids On ......
Inspection - - Buffalo Trace Bourbon image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
21. Inspection - - Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Applying the "" Bonded Seal "" . . . image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
22. Applying the "" Bonded Seal "" . . .
Items involved.... image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
23. Items involved....
Old Steam Power House - Built 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
24. Old Steam Power House - Built 1890
It reads:: ""Albert B. Blanton"" ""Built in 1890 and renovated in 1936, the building originally served as the Boiler house for the distillery. All of the steam heat used to power the distillation process, heat the warehouses, and provide comfort heat for the distillery was produced in this facility. Today, the structure serves as the site for the bottling of our premium small batch bourbons and wiskies, including Buffalo Trace Straight kentucky Bourbon Shiskey and Blantonís Single Barrel Bourbon. Each step of the bottling process is meticulously carried out by hand, ensuring the highest quality from the barrel to the bottle.""
Wider View - - Old Steam Power House - Built 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
25. Wider View - - Old Steam Power House - Built 1890
Long View - - Old Steam Power House - Built 1890 image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
26. Long View - - Old Steam Power House - Built 1890
It is the building on the left in the photo. (Click photo to see details.)
Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
27. Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue
Long View - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
28. Long View - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue
Close Up - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue Only image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
29. Close Up - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue Only
Base Only - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
30. Base Only - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue
It Reads:: ""Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton"" ""Loved and respected. Master Distiller and true Kentucky Gentleman. He dedicated 55 years of his life to the service of his community and his company. That his inspired leadership may live in the minds of those with whom hi lived, and of those who follow, this memorial is erected with gratitude and honor.""
Other View - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
31. Other View - - Colonel Albert Bacon Blanton - Statue
The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
32. The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs
Sign - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
33. Sign - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs
“”All Visitors Welcome”“ “”Built in 1935 from Century-Old log cabins, we designed the cabin to be used as guest quarters for out of town visitors to the distillery. Back then, all of Frankfortís Hotels would sell out when the State Legislature was in session, and we needed somewhere for our visitors to stay.
Inside, you will see the beautiful craftsmanship that went into building the cabin, as well as many historic photographs. Today, the building is used as offices.”“
Other View - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
34. Other View - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs
Another View - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
35. Another View - - The Old Guest House - - Built 1935 - Old'er Logs
Recreational Area Fire Place - Near Guest House image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
36. Recreational Area Fire Place - Near Guest House
Stone Over - Recreational Area Fire Place image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
37. Stone Over - Recreational Area Fire Place
It reads:: ""This tablet erected by the employees of the Geo. T. Stagg Co. to the Executives of Schenley in appreciation of their interest and efforts in making this Recreational Center possible. May 1936""
Long View - - Employee Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
38. Long View - - Employee Memorial
Close Up - - Employee Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
39. Close Up - - Employee Memorial
From Fire Place to The Old Guest House image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
40. From Fire Place to The Old Guest House
Wood Carved Buffalo image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
41. Wood Carved Buffalo
Other View - - Wood Carved Buffalo image. Click for full size.
By Ginger Drenning, August 25, 2009
42. Other View - - Wood Carved Buffalo
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 2,172 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42. submitted on , by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Close Up photo of the marker located to the right of the door in photo #3 • Can you help?
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