Registered in 1866 by Jasper Newton Daniel, the Jack Daniel's Distillery is the oldest registered distillery in the United States according to Brown-Forman, its parent company. The distillery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Every year about 250,000 people tour the distillery and visit the small town of Lynchburg. In any two-month period, visitors from all 50 states and over 30 foreign countries will stop by to see the distillery.
Jack Daniel's Office One morning Jack Daniel came into the office and tried to open his safe. But it was stuck and he impatiently kicked the safe. From that incident he broke his toe and later in his life, this led to his death by the blood infection. The safe is still kept in his office as it was in that morning.
The Rickyard where cords of hard sugar maple woods are burned to make the unique charcoal used to mellow the whiskey drop by drop. In the fall, when the sap is down, sugar maple trees are cut from high ground. The logs are aged for a year, sawed into slates and carefully stacked into ricks. The ricks are burned in the open air. The burning is controlled by a hand-held water hose that keeps the pile from being reduced to ashes. That is left is pure, clean maple charcoal without a trace of smokiness or impurities.
The first modern distillery was built at the site in 1857. It was the use of steam power a major advance in producing high quality Bourbon. The site was eventually purchased by E. H. Taylor Jr., one of Kentucky's original Bourbon aristocrats. Astute and innovative, Taylor brought advancements to the distillery as well as to the entire whiskey industry. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation's first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and had earned a worldwide reputation for producing America's Bourbon.
The underground cave spring - The source of the iron-free water that runs at a constant 56 degrees.
Making sipping whiskey - Including the whiskey stills, the fermenting tanks and the charcoal mellowing vats. What gives this Tennessee whiskey its unique taste is the charcoal-mellowing process that was created in this region in the 1800s. By carefully leaching the spirits through charcoal, Tennessee distillers discovered a choice whiskey with a distinctive flavour that forever established the TN whiskey tradition. The whiskey is made with the mixture of corn, rye and barley malt.
Barrelhouse holding more than 20,000 barrels of whiskey each holding about 50 gallons and weighing more than 400 pounds. Following the charcoal-mellowing process, Jack Daniel's is placed into charred white oak barrels for storage and aging in our warehouses. As the whiskey ages, the extreme temperature changes of the passing seasons cause the whiskey to expand and contract, driving the whiskey deeper into and out of the wood of the barrel each year. Hot summers age whiskey faster than cool ones. Whiskeys are usually aged between four to six years.
The White Rabbit Saloon- A reconstruction of a saloon Jack Daniel operated in Lynchburg before the advent of Prohibition.
Located 70 miles southeast of Nashville. Take I-24 east to Route 55 (exit 111). Take Route 55 through Tullahoma to Lynchburg. Or, from I-65, take US 64 through Fayetteville to Lynchburg and Route 55 through Lynchburg to the distillery.
Guided tours are open to public
7 days a week except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Even, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day
Other Lynchburg Attractions:
There are several other attractions in the small town of Lynchburg. In the Lynchburg cemetery, Jack Daniel's grave is adorned with two cast-iron chairs originally placed there for local ladies who mourned the passing of Lynchburg's most eligible bachelor. Jack Daniel was never married in his life.
Built in 1867, the boarding house was run by Miss Mary Bobo from 1908 until her death in 1983 just shy of her 102nd birthday. The boarding house still serves a family style midday meal every day except Sunday. Jack Daniel's great-grandniece, Miss Lynne Tolley is the proprietress as of 2001.