“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Paris in Bourbon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)

Bourbon Whiskey / Jacob Spears

Bourbon Whiskey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Matt Carter, September 11, 2010
1. Bourbon Whiskey Marker
Bourbon Whiskey
Named after Bourbon Co. because of quantity and quality of whiskey produced within its borders. Made from a fermented mash of at least 51% corn, with less wheat, rye, or barley, yeast and limestone water. Distilled at no more than 160 proof and aged in charred oak barrels. In 1964, Congress recognized bourbon as a distinctly American product.

Jacob Spears
Stone Castle, 1 mile south, built 1790 by Thomas Metcalfe for Jacob Spears. A Pennsylvanian who settled in Paris, he was innovative farmer & one of first distillers of bourbon whiskey. Still standing on this farm are a springhouse and a storehouse for his bourbon whiskey. It is the most complete distiller's complex in existence today.
Erected 2009 by Historic Paris-Bourbon County, Inc. 2009. (Marker Number 2295.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 16.444′ N, 84° 17.971′ W. Marker is in Paris, Kentucky, in Bourbon County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 27 and Kentucky Highway 1876, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 27. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paris KY 40361, United States of America.
Other nearby markers.
Jacob Spears Marker image. Click for full size.
By Matt Carter, September 11, 2010
2. Jacob Spears Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Silas Baptist Church (approx. 3.8 miles away); Ruddle's Station (approx. 4.5 miles away); Johnston's Inn (approx. 4.6 miles away); CSA at Paris, 1862 (approx. 5 miles away); Duncan Tavern (approx. 5 miles away); William Holmes McGuffey (approx. 5 miles away); Eades Tavern (approx. 5 miles away); John Edwards 1748-1837 / Westwood (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Paris.
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