Tracing the history of Buffalo Trace

By Gary Hermann

The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History has unveiled the finished product of a two-year project focused on the history of the Buffalo Trace Distillery.

According to a press release, the project aimed to capture the memories of the distillery’s friends and family to serve as a virtual time capsule for future generations.

The Nunn Center preserves the history of Kentucky and university through interviews. All of the interviews with Buffalo Trace Distillery and the other subjects of the center’s oral history projects can be found at the Nunn Center website.

Located in Frankfort, Buffalo Trace dates back to 1787. The distillery was recently honored as the Whisky Magazine 2010 World Icons of Whisky “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” The company has also won over 200 awards for its whiskey.

“To have been given an insider’s look at the rich history of not only the distillery itself but also the bourbon industry is such a rare opportunity,” Nunn Center director Douglas Boyd said. “We’re excited that now these stories will live on for future generations to learn about the history and tradition of one of Kentucky’s signature industries.”