Wingding 2015 Day11

Tuesday September  8




275 miles


Martian House

If you are traveling along route 123 in Carlisle, Ohio, make sure you stop and visit the Martian House. Yes, that’s right. The house has two silver colored flying saucers connected with metal duct. A house designed for an extra-terrestrial, but in reality are two Futuro houses that have been put together to make one residence for mankind. So, don’t go out to Carlisle, Ohio on an alien witch-hunt just yet.



 Buffalo Trace Distillery

IMPORTANT: Always call the business before going to take the factory tour. We try and keep our data s up-to-date as possible but you should always check first.

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Buffalo Trace Distillery
1001 Wilkinson Boulevard, Franklin County, KY 40601
Map Location Latitude: 38.212669 Longitude: -84.868363
Click here to go to the company web site

Buffalo Trace Distillery is located in Franklin County, Kentucky, at an ancient buffalo crossing that became a pathway for westward moving explorers, pioneers and settlers. The bold spirit of Kentucky's ancestors lives on at Buffalo Trace Distillery, which stands as one of America's oldest distilling sites. The site's rugged flavor has been preserved for the benefit of Kentuckians, guests and visitors. The Buffalo Trace Distillery invites you to come and experience Buffalo Trace and feel the soul of adventure that is it legacy.

In 1775 the Leestown settlement was established when brothers Hancock and
Courtesy Buffalo Trace Distillery Willis Lee established their camp with a small company of men. They struggled to survive in the unforgiving conditions of a fierce wilderness and by 1789 the area held a thriving population. The abundant limestone spring water and fertile bottom loam-found to be perfect for growing exceptional grain, gave way to distillation and the distinguished bourbon heritage took root. There has been a working distillery on the grounds since 1787. The first modern distillery was built on the site in 1857, the first U.S. distillery to incorporate the use of steam power. E. H. Taylor, Jr., one of Kentucky's original bourbon aristocrats, purchased the site. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation's first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and earned a world-wide reputation for producing America's finest bourbon. Albert Blanton took over the operation and in 1984 the distillery became the first to commercially market a single-barrel bourbon.

The distillery has a history of finely crafted, award-winning bourbons. In the last 10 years alone, Buffalo Trace bourbons have earned more than 40 top distinctions in national and international competitions, and is world renowned. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the distillery's namesake spirit. Made in celebration of the area's rich ancestral heritage, the bourbon embodies the bold and rugged soul of early America.

The Elmer T. Lee Clubhouse was constructed some 60 years ago, with 200-year-old logs from authentic Kentucky log cabins. The two-story building can accommodate groups from 30 to 250, a private bar area is available year round and the facility is equipped with a full kitchen. The rustic veranda and balcony overlook a tree-shaded courtyard and floral gardens. The grounds are complete with an ornamental stream and a quaint wooden bridge. The perfect setting for private parties, receptions, business meetings and conferences. Tours of the distillery include: a visit to the distillery museum, the viewing of a historic film, a walk through the century-old warehouse, touring the bottling facilities and a stop at the gift shop.
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. year-round.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. year-round. Tours start on the hour

Our Tours

  • The Trace Tour

    The Trace Tour begins with an engaging video of the history of Buffalo Trace Distillery. You will then walk amidst the path of rolling bourbon barrels. You will be captivated by the alluring smell and atmosphere of bourbon sleeping inside the aging warehouses. Then you will go inside the renowned Blanton’s Bottling Hall where you will see signature bourbons being filled, sealed, labeled, and packaged—all by hand. 

    All visitors are welcome to walk in and there is no need to make a reservation unless you have a group of 25 or more. Families of all ages welcome.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Sat: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Sun (April-Oct Only): 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

    The Trace Tour leaves every hour, on the hour.

  • Hard Hat Tour

    An insider’s look into the behind-the-scenes work that goes into crafting truly great bourbon. You’ll witness everything from grain delivery to the cooking process to fermentation and, of course, distillation. The tour includes a stop at the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Microstill, where the Distillery’s unique and award-winning Experimental Collection whiskies are made.

    Tour route includes stairs and there is a lot of walking involved. Comfortable shoes and clothing are recommended.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

    Space on the tour is limited to 15.  Please contact for booking large group tours.

    DURATION: 1 hour

    Mon-Fri: 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
    Sat: 10:30 a.m.

    Reservations required
    Click here to request a reservation for a Hard Hat Tour


  • National Historic Landmark Tour

    Learn why we are described “as a rare, intact example of a distillery operating before, during, and after Prohibition” on this educational and informative tour that focuses on the buildings, architecture, and history in the years between 1933-1953, which is the period of significance on which our National Historic Landmark distinction is based.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

  • Bourbon Barrel Tour

    Move alongside our barrels during their journey throughout the Distillery. Learn about the specifications and history of our barrels, the different ways they age, and what happens to them when they can no longer be used for bourbon. Finish it all off where they finish, in our dump room.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.

  • Ghost Tour

    According to lore, there are more spirits residing at the Distillery than those aging in the warehouses. Featured on the popular TV show “Ghost Hunters,” Buffalo Trace Distillery has long been rumored to have visits from the supernatural, most notably the ghost of Col. Blanton. Hear the legendary stories and get a look into the more haunted sites, including the rarely visited Stony Point Mansion where Col. Blanton died in 1959.

    All tours are complimentary and include a tasting of some of our award-winning products.