Paris in Bourbon County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Bourbon Whiskey / Jacob Spears
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.
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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list.
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. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paris KY 40361, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. 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˝ 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); Bourbon County World War I Monument (approx. 5 miles away); Eades Tavern (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paris.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2010, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky. This page has been viewed 1,605 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 11, 2010, by Matt Carter of Lexington, Kentucky. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.