Hey, whiskey nerds — here’s a bourbon experience you never thought you’d have: a bourbon-themed tour of Cave Hill Cemetery with bourbon historian Michael Veach.

The Cave Hill Heritage Foundation calls this new tour, “A Journey through Bourbon History at Cave Hill Cemetery.” Set for Sunday, May 18, it is the first of its kind at the cemetery, as it will be an interactive tour that utilizes Cave Hill’s free Cemetery Tours app, available in the iPhone App Store and the Google Play Store.

Cave Hill Cemetery. Photo by Elias555.
Cave Hill Cemetery

Using the app, you can follow along a GPS marked map of Cave Hill Cemetery and find photographs of the people highlighted along with assorted videos of the distiller or their associated distillery as you stand at their gravesite. (Yeah, this is not for anyone who is afraid of ghosts.)

Stops on the tour will include:

  • Julian Proctor Van Winkle, “Pappy Van Winkle”
  • Owsley Brown, Brown-Forman Distillery
  • Frederick Stitzel, Patented the warehouse ricking system
  • Alexander Farnsley, Partner with Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  • Thomas Jeremiah Beam, Jim Beam Distillery
  • George Forman, Partner of George Garvin Brown (namesake of Brown-Forman)
  • Paul Jones, Kentucky’s First Distiller- Four Roses Distillery
  • John Charles Weller, Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  • Phillip Hollenbach, Glencoe Distillery
  • J.T.S. Brown, brother of George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman Distillery/Heaven Hill Distillery
  • George P. Weller, Stitzel-Weller Distillery
  • Frank P. Thompson, Glenmore Distillery
  • James Thompson, Glenmore Distillery
  • George Garvin Brown, Brown-Forman Distillery

veach bookAt each stop, Veach will provide biographical info for each distiller, interesting facts about their distillery and brands, and more. You also get to ride through the cemetery on the Heritage Foundation’s rustic tractor and wagon. Meanwhile, Veach’s book, “Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey: An American Heritage,” will be available for purchase and autographing during the tour.

The tour begins at 1 p.m., and admission is $35 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Cave Hill Heritage Foundation. RSVP by calling 502-451-5630; there will be no more than 20 participants per tour. A second tour is schedule for Sunday, Sept. 14.

 

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Kevin Gibson
Kevin Gibson tackles the 3Rs — retail, restaurants, real estate — plus, economic development. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono. Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies.Email Kevin at [email protected]

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