Lynchburg, Tennessee

Jack Daniel's Distillery sign in Lynchburg Tennessee © Mike Leco /
The oldest licensed distillery in the USA is still located on the edge of Lynchburg.

Lynchburg, Tennessee is a quiet little village nestled in the hills of southern Tennessee about 75 miles south of Nashville. It has an eighteenth century courthouse in the middle of an old town square surrounded by quaint shops. It has only one traffic light and less than 400 residents.

Lynchburg was the home of one very famous resident who created the town's most prominent product over 130 years ago. He now lies buried in the cemetery at the edge of the village. His name was Jack Daniel.

The oldest licensed distillery in the USA is still located on the edge of Lynchburg. It is the only place in the world where Jack Daniel's Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is produced. This charcoal-mellowed corn whiskey is still made according to a recipe created by Jack Daniel in 1866. You can tour the distillery every day except holidays from 8am to 4pm.

Lynchburg is located in Moore County, Tennessee which is officially a "dry county". That means, no alcoholic beverages may be sold within Moore County. Ironically, there are 48 warehouses with over 200 million liters of Jack Daniel's Sour Mash Whiskey stored in barrels on the hill outside of Lynchburg. The distillery is permitted to sell special collector bottles of whiskey only to tourists from outside the county.

From Nashville, it is a pleasant hour-and-a-half drive through picturesque farmlands to Lynchburg. The one-hour distillery tour introduces you to some wonderful aromas as you learn how Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey is produced.

Written by: Mike Leco
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Photo Description: The original office at the Jack Daniel's distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee