Whisky Magazine Issue 88
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Visiting Kentucky or Tennesse? Why not get off the tourist trail and pep up your visit by seeking out the Underbelly of each state? Dominic Roskrow finds the weird among the wonderful.
Even if Kentucky didn't have its bourbon industry it would be among the coolest places on the planet to visit. Its natural beauty, affluent horse farms, quaint and pretty towns, rich and dynamic history and the wonderful city of Louisville all contribute to a diverse and exciting state populated by friendly and welcoming people.
But what really lifts Kentucky above many other American states is that it's independent and untamed, and scratch beneath the surface and it's pretty weird, as well.
So here are a few alternative tourist destinations or places to visit when you might consider when visiting the State's distilleries, plus one from neighbouring state, Tennessee.
MCLEAN HOUSE OR THE JAILER'S INN BARDSTOWN If you're interested in ghosts, then these two places in bourbon's whisky capital are for you. There are so many ghosts here that they have spilled out and taken up residence in the Talbott Tavern next door.
McLean House is now a bed and breakfast but is said to be haunted by a number of ghosts who died during the Civil War. The Jailer's Inn has an oppressive air about it even in the middle of the day, but the owner will happily show you around and regale you with a few tales. Some think Jesse James haunted The Talbott Tavern and he certainly drank there, though why he would haunt it is not clear.
But you can see the bullet holes he left after he started firing at the walls because he said they started moving.
THE WILDWOOD INN FLORENCE This may well be the ultimate...