CYNTHIANA-HARRISON COUNTY 

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    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • Cynthiana Kentucky
    Register

    Cynthiana/Harrison County was once a flourishing community with several well know bourbon distilleries. One of which was the Van-Hook Old Fashioned Fire Copper Whiskey Distillery. It  was built by Peck, Vanhook & Co. in 1868, destroyed by fire in 1869, but was rebuilt in the same year.

    By 1882, it had a capacity of 300 bushels per day and produced 3,000 barrels annually, with 6,000 barrels held in bond. The size of the distillery was 35 x 55 feet and rose three floors. Three brick warehouses with a capacity of 7,500 barrels could be found on the grounds, housing L. Vanhook & Co., pure Bourbon. A cooper shop attached to the still turned out 4,000 barrels per annum. Waste from the mash fed 150 cattle and 400 hogs. Shipments from the warehouses were made via the Kentucky Central Railroad from Cynthiana.

    In the 1880s, the distillery was sold to T J Megibben, who then sold it in 1888 to his son-in-law, Felix S Ashbrook.key Distillery.

    Commemorate the history of our community with this limited edition oatmeal colored, tri blend, unisex t shirt with the original label from the Van-Hook Distillery.

    This is the first shirt in a series of four.

    All Proceeds will go towards the development of a historical bourbon distillery trail in Cynthiana and Harrison County with markers and a map to increase tourism.

    Shirts are $25.00 plus tax.

     

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • Cynthiana Kentucky
    Register

    Cynthiana/Harrison County was once a flourishing community with several well known bourbon distilleries.

    Commemorate your love for history and bourbon with this t-shirt set of old distillery labels from the pre prohibition era. 

     Van-Hook Old Fashioned Fire Copper Whiskey

     Poindexter Old Bourbon 

     Old A.Keller

    Old Lewis Hunter

     The labels are printed on high quality, tri blend unisex shirts.

    All proceeds from the distillery shirts will go towards creating an old bourbon distillery map and markers for Cynthiana and Harrison County to increase tourism. 

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    • Cynthiana
    Register

    This order is for the Old Poindexter Cynthiana Distillery Shirt. Shirts are Made of tri-blend material and will be on a light gray shirt. It will have the Old Poindexter Bourbon original label on the front. 

    The distillery was established by John Poindexter ca. 1850. The land was originally owned by Phil Keath, who had operated a mill on the site. John Poindexter rebuilt the mill and added the distillery. The distillery output was sold as "Poindexter Bourbon".

    In 1880, the still was acquired by the Wigglesworth Bros, who tore down and rebuilt both the mill and distillery. The capacity was increased to 100 bushels per day, yielding 1,500 barrels annually. Perrin (1882) records that the distillery was iron clad and measured 40 x 100 ft in size, with three floors. Product was stored in two iron-clad warehouses capable of holding 6,000 barrels, but two new brick warehouses were being built to replace them. The distillery employed eight men at $1.50 per day and the waste from the mashing fed 250 hogs. Perrin also notes that the distillery was buying barrels from Cincinati at $2.50 a piece, and the barrels held the brands Poindexter Bourbon, and Wiglesworth Bros.

    1889: the distillery was put up for sale following the death of one of the Wigglesworth Bros. It was purchased by the surviving brother (W T Wigglesworth) as The Wigglesworth Bros. Co. The property now included four warehouses with a capacity of 6,000-8,000 barrels.

    This is the second distillery in the series of 4. All proceeds go towards the development of a Cynthiana Distillery Trail. 

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     Abram Keller  in 1840, bought the property known as A Keller dam and converted it to a distillery. The mill was used for grinding the grain for making the mash that would be fermented, distilled and made into whiskey. Keller sold the distillery to Cook and Ashbrook in 1861. It later became Ashbrook Brothers. The whiskey made here continued under the brand name of "Old A. Keller." Due to "Prohibition," production of whiskey here had ceased by 1922 but bottling continued.

    This is the third shirt in the Cynthiana Distilleries series. All proceeds from the shirt sales goes to the development of a historical bourbon trail in Cynthiana.

    • 02 Nov 2017
    • 30 Dec 2017
    Register

     The first instance of a distillery at Lair came around 1850 when T.J. Megibben constructed the Megibben & Bramble Distillery and sold bourbon under the “Excelsior” brand. It went under ownership changes and the introduction of some new brands – including “Old Louis Hunter,” before being acquired by Seagrams in 1942.The plant closed twice in its history: during Prohibition and from 1947 until 1958. After a decline in bourbon sales – part of a nationwide trend, Old Louis Hunter closed for good in 1974.

    This is the fourth and final shirt in the Cynthiana Distilleries Shirt Series. All proceeds from shirt sales will go towards the development of a historical bourbon distillery tour and map in Cynthiana.

    • 30 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Register

    The Forty-Eighth Annual Chamber Community Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30pm. The location is to be announced. The Licking Valley Singers will be performing and six restaurants and caterers have come together to make a fabulous dinner as we celebrate and recognize seven individuals in our community who are making a difference. We will be honoring the business, public safety professional, healthcare professional, volunteer, citizen and agriculturist of the year. 

    This year, several businesses have decorated the tables for the dinner, with a centerpiece that will be in a silent auction throughout the night and a small gift at your place setting. This will be a great night! Seating is limited and is first come, first serve, so purchase your tickets early! 

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Office: 1 (859) 234-5236
Email: cynchamber@gmail.com
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Office: 1 (859) 234-5236
Email: cynchamber@gmail.com

Address:
201 S. Main St. Cynthiana Ky 41031

Address:
201 S. Main St. Cynthiana Ky 41031
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