Buffalo Trace’s George T. Stagg Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky has been named as a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service.
Established in 1857, the distillery was later purchased by E.H. Taylor Jr. in 1870. He refurbished it, building brick warehouses including the notorious Warehouse C which was destroyed by tornado. The site also includes what is known as the George Dickel building, where the well-known Tennessee whiskey brand was made after Prohibition in the 1940’s until Tennessee was allowed to resume making alcohol again.
The property boasts an Adirondack-style log cabin, complete with hammered copper sinks, that once served as an employee clubhouse. Hardly any new construction has been undertaken on the distillery grounds since 1953.
Buffalo Trace is at least the third distillery to be named as a National Historic Landmark. It expects to see 80,000 visitors this year. Kentucky Oaks Day, May 3, was the distillery’s single biggest day for tourism to date, with 1,800 visitors.