Lynchburg, Tennessee: Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel

A highlight of the Jack Daniel's Distillery tour; he kicked the safe and the infection from his damaged toe soon killed him.

Jack Daniel's Distillery

280 Lynchburg Hwy, Lynchburg, TN
I-24 exit 81A (Murfreesboro/Shelbyville). US Hwy 231 south into Shelbyville. Turn left at the fourth traffic light in Shelbyville, onto Highway 82. This dead-ends at Highway 55. Turn right and drive three miles into Lynchburg.
Tours 9 am - 4:30 pm. (Call to verify)
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Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel

A previous post states that it is a dry state, but only the county is dry. And you can buy bottles of Jack Daniel's as a collectors item or wildlife donation.

[Yolanda, 05/01/2011]
Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel

Totally worth visiting. Avoid coming on a Sunday. It's a dry state and they will not sell you jack. Also law prohibits them from giving free samples. Having said that, go visit. Know how Mr. Daniel died.

[Robert, 07/26/2010]

Kicking the safe.

Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel

We took the Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour and kicked the same safe that killed Jack Daniels himself!

[Darick Maasen, 07/10/2010]
Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour - Safe That Killed Daniel

It was odd to see the bark on all of the trees is covered with a black fungus due to the distillery, just what the old revenuers looked for when searching for illegal stills back in the day. Enjoyed the whiff of pure alcohol before it drips through the charcoal vats. Enjoyed this tour!

[John D. Missavage, 04/20/2010]

Statue of Jack Daniels.

Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour

We were greeted by Margie, our guide -- very fun, but hardly informative, answering all questions with weird little anecdotes that never applied to the questions. We were unable to see some parts of the tour due to "maintenance" but we were packed like rats in the "barrel warehouse," where the whisky is "aged" and we were able to smell the fermenting process. I think I left the warehouse with a buzz.

My favorite part about the tour was the safe that ended up being Jack Daniel's death [RA: The infamous Death Safe!]. Apparently, in a rage, Jack kicked the safe, and developed an infection in his toe that later claimed his life. The tour ended approximately in one hour, about half an hour ahead of schedule. If you are going to learn about the fermenting process or anything really in depth about the distillery, this is not your place. But if you want a strong buzz from the small confined warehouses, then this is your haven.

[Lindsey, 10/17/2003]

Lindsey and Andrea are reporting in from their "Roadwanderers" tour; they visited several RA favorites. That's Lindsey, sniffing the shoes on the Jack Daniels statue!

Nearby Offbeat Places

Moore County Old Jail MuseumMoore County Old Jail Museum, Lynchburg, TN - < 1 mi.
Jack Daniel's GraveJack Daniel's Grave, Lynchburg, TN - < 1 mi.
Grave of Beautiful Jim Key, the Educated HorseGrave of Beautiful Jim Key, the Educated Horse, Shelbyville, TN - 12 mi.
In the region:
World's Largest Cedar Bucket, Murfreesboro, TN - 39 mi.

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