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The Birth of Bourbon

The Birth of Bourbon
A Photographic Tour of Early Distilleries
by Carol Peachee

University Press of Kentucky, 2015

Inspired by abandoned buildings in the Distillery District of Lexington, Kentucky, photographer Carol Peachee compiled this documentary record of old distilleries, both active and closed down.

 "It was as if I were stepping into an earthbound Titanic," she explains. "Here once were heat, noise, human activity, a thriving business and Kentucky’s signature industry – bourbon whiskey. Now time and nature floated through the space, transforming the building into a museum and machinery into art. In fact I came to see the whole distillery as both a museum holding individual works of art, connected works of art, and a work of art itself as a whole. This work of art was still in progress; what had once been here was inferred by what was present.”

The Birth of Bourbon is an assemblage of more than 220 color plates documenting the historical process of making bourbon through objects, colors, shapes and shadows. It includes an index of the distilleries and processes illustrated. 
The Birth of Bourbon

Peachee is co-founder of the Kentucky Women’s Photography Network.




1966 Life Magazine ad featuring Old Taylor Distillery
1966 Life Magazine ad featuring Old Taylor Distillery


 
Old Taylor Distillery

A beautiful and grand spring, surrounded by a colonnade, sunken gardens with a natural limestone spring, pergolas, embellished windowworks and stoneworks, and even a fermenting room once used as a greenhouse, with small-paned French windows throughout its interior – all these charming elements adorned this distillery. It was a showcase for its legendary owner, E.H. Taylor, who entertained senators, bankers and businessmen on its grounds.




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