Not Quite Local Living: Jack Daniel’s Distillery

When I told friends I was going to Nashville and asked for recommendations, the number one recommendation was the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. It’s about an hour drive to the distillery from Nashville and it’s a very pretty drive. OK, we may have missed the exit and gone about 20  miles out of our way in the middle of nowhere, but it was beautiful country roads!

The distillery offers two tours, a free tour of the site and a tasting tour for $10. We decided to go for the freebie tour.

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It was also a beautiful day so a perfect time to be walking outside.

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Mr. Daniels was a short man! He was just about my height at 5″2, and look at all he accomplished! He moved to Lynchburg in the 1880’s to start the distillery. He never had any kids but was quite the ladies man.

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No one is quite sure what No. 7 means but some speculation is it’s the number of his girlfriends. There was also a really cool old firetruck on the property. Everyone who works at the distillery is local and seems to have worked there for ages and love it.  The staff was very nice and friendly.

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This was Jack Daniel’s desk and the safe that caused his death. He came in early to work one day in 1905, couldn’t get the safe open, kicked it, and ended up developing gangrene which killed him in 1907. His nephew took over and then his nephew’s sons.

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The building that the office was in was used until the 1950’s I believe and is a historical landmark. They now have a new office across the way but keep this one as a memory.

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The water comes from onsite and they aren’t sure how deep this cave is but the water is cleansed by the limestone and was so beautifully clear.

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Each barrel that the whiskey ages in is handmade with no nails. It’s actually a super interesting process. Each one is only used once. You can buy a barrel of whiskey in which case you get a plaque with your  name and every time you buy a new barrel, a medallion goes on that plaque.

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The motto from Daniel’s time through today and the beautiful grounds.

We then went over to the town of Lynchburg for lunch and walked around. It’s all centered around a square and was super cute. There were some really neat craft stores and of course all sorts of Jack Daniels souvenirs.  Of course you can’t buy any of the whiskey there though! They did pass an ordinance in the past several years that one could buy certain whiskeys on the distillery site but I didn’t want to have to check luggage back home for a bottle of whiskey.

I would highly recommend making a trip out here and if I ever go back, I’d love to do the tasting tour as I do love wine tasting tours so I can imagine this would be fun too!