Frankfort, Kentucky: Abandoned Whiskey Distillery Castle

Built in 1887 by legendary bourbon-maker Ed Taylor, the medieval-looking roadside distillery was meant to be a showplace, but has been an abandoned ruin since 1972. 2016: Recently purchased.

Castle and Key Distillery

Address:
4335 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, KY
Directions:
South of the city. From downtown drive east on E. Main St./US Hwy 60. Turn right at the stoplight (Kentucky State University on left) onto Hwy 1659. Follow it south a little over five miles. You'll see the castle on the right.
Admission:
Free
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Distillery.

Abandoned Whiskey Distillery Castle

Down the long and winding narrow road and around the bend and there she stands -- still looks abandoned, even though renovations may be in progress.

[Rose, 11/25/2016]

Distillery castle.

Whiskey Distillery Castle

The E.H.Taylor distillery, closed since 1972, has been bought and is being brought back to life as a functioning distillery. The new owners began working on the grounds in 2014 and will soon start restoring the castle. The road it's on is a very nice drive, and the castle can be seen while traveling between Buffalo Trace in Frankfort and Woodford Reserve in Versailles.

[James Hite, 09/01/2015]

Distillery looks like a castle.

Abandoned Whiskey Distillery Castle

Driving down an unassuming country road next to Glenn's Creek, one rounds a turn to find what at first glance appears to be a crumbling medieval castle, but is actually the remains of the Old Taylor Distillery.

Colonel Edmund H. Taylor -- considered the second "father" of Bourbon Whiskey -- built this distillery in 1887, and it is considered one of the most remarkable sights in the bourbon industry. The main building is made entirely of limestone blocks, and is in the form of a medieval castle, complete with turrets and ramparts. A sketch of the castle appeared on the label of the product that was made here.

Inside the castle were gardens and ornate rooms where Colonel Taylor used to entertain government officials and politicians. You can still see part of the elaborate grounds outside to the left of the main building.

[RS, 11/24/2014]

The castle has been abandoned since 1972, but still stands.

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