Join local archaeologist Nick Laracuente as we step back in time and explore forgotten bourbon distilleries. The distilling industry is a critical piece of Kentucky’s history and its continued success. Nick will discuss the three tiers of distilleries (industrial, farm, and moonshine) and how they both influenced and were influenced by Kentucky’s economic and social movements. The talk will highlight the findings from archaeological investigations of two farm distilleries in Woodford County and how exploring these forgotten histories teaches us more about distilling and life during the 1800s in Kentucky.
Laracuente is the director of the Jack Jouett Archaeology Project, a community archaeology project involving over 130 volunteers focused on investigations of early whiskey distilleries in Central Kentucky.