Saturday, January 28, 2006

Thoughts in Solitude

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Thomas Merton

Friday, January 27, 2006

The Lobby

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Thursday, January 26, 2006

Abbey of Gethsemani

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The largest and America's oldest order of Cistercian Monks. Founded in 1848, this Trappist monastery was home to the writer Thomas Merton, and his burial site. Today is known world-wide for its delicious fruitcakes and cheeses available throughout the county and by mail order.
3642 Monks Road

Trappist, Kentucky 40051

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Display Case

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Bottling House

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Every bottle of
Maker’s Mark
Is hand dipped into the
Signature Red Wax

The Barrels

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An American White Oak is the type of wood used to make the barrel; it is naturally aged. The inside of the barrel is charred during the manufacturing process. A hard walnut bung is used as a plug for the barrel hole so the bourbon can be tasted throughout it aging process.

The barrels are racked in traditional warehouses. There they sleep for about six years, rotated in a labor-intensive practice, from top to bottom of the warehouse and from center to margins. Taste solely dictates when and where the barrel will move in the warehouse next.

Monday, January 23, 2006

All Copper Columns

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Fermenting Room

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The Master Distillers House

This house was built in 1840.

The tours begin and end here.
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Maker's Mark Distillery

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Located in
Loretto, Kentucky

The original mill and distillery was erected on this site in 1805 by Charles Burks, Sr. it was formerly Burks Mill & Distillery.

Bill Samuels, Sr. bought the 200 acre site in 1953 and Maker's Mark is currently the oldest operating bourbon distillery in the nation.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Bardstown, KY

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Architect and builder of the cathedral was John Rogers of Baltimore.

Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral

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The first Catholic Cathedral west of the Allegheny Mountains. It is a national landmark listed by the U.S. Library of Congress, and was built 1816-1819

Saturday, January 21, 2006


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Indian Relics

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Friday, January 20, 2006

Broom and Candle Making

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The Blacksmith Shop

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

The Blacksmith Shop

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The Blacksmith

You’ll notice the various Blacksmith tools in the shop: a forge, anvil, hammer, tongs, vise and a file, etc. The Blacksmith created items such as farm implements, tools, knives, locks and hinges, household goods, even the metal that went around a wooden wheel, etc. He was quite a craftsman that knew his trade well.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Civil War Museum

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Samuel Hahn
Still House

Old Bardstown Village with nine log cabins 150 to 200 years old that portray the crafts of the 1780 - 1820 era.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Log Cabin

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Judge John Rowan's
Law Office he was a

prominent lawyer
and politician.

My Old Kentucky Home

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Georgian-style Mansion
Rowan Family Homestead

Southern Belle

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Federal Hill

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Stephen C. Foster

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Stephen Foster
wrote the tune
"My Old Kentucky Home"