Georgetown in Scott County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Birthplace of Bourbon
The Rev. Elijah Craig, Founder of "Craig's Classical School", first distilled Bourbon whiskey on this site in 1789. A pioneer from Virginia, the Rev. Craig set up his grain mill and used the fine limestone water of Royal Spring to develop the first sour mash process in the production of bourbon.
The Rev. Craig is also noted as the founder of the city of Georgetown and operated the first fulling mill and paper mill west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Erected 1967 by The Bourbon Institute.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial Era • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 38° 12.596′ N, 84° 33.698′ W. Marker is in Georgetown, Kentucky, in Scott County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 460) and Water Street, on the right when traveling east on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Georgetown KY 40324, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Royal Spring (a few steps from this marker); Scott County Jail / Scott County Jailer's House (within The Beginnings of George Town (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gen. Basil W. Duke, C.S.A. / Basil W. Duke (1838-1916) (about 600 feet away); Scott County, 1792 (about 600 feet away); Scott County Revolutionary War Memorial (about 600 feet away); Remember the Raisin! (about 600 feet away); Scott County Courthouse / Goebel Trial Here (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Georgetown.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2021, by Frank Profitt of Georgetown, Kentucky. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.