Jack Daniel's Distillery Visit in
Lynchburg, Tennessee · · PAGE
JULY 21, 2019: Where can you get a drink of whiskey in this DRY county? Visitors can buy a whiskey tasting ticket for extra cash over the basic tour admission fee. The gift shop sells Jack Daniel's whiskey bottles of various eras, which they will fill with your favorite whiskey for FREE. You pay only for the bottle officially, which costs about the same as if you bought it from your nearby liquor store.
When you enter the visitor center, this statue of Jack Daniel is the first
thing you see. This room also has exhibits about the history of the
company with plenty of photographs. This is also where you buy your tour
tickets. The exit is by the Gift Shop where you can buy your commemorative
bottles of Jack Daniel's whiskey.
This exhibit explains the process of making whiskey with each step
This old truck is promoting the Jack Daniel's Store on the Lynchburg town
square. There is a walking path outside this building that is a short cut
to the town square.
At the end of the tour day at Jack Daniel's, taking the walk down to the
town square reveals these three store fronts for one big gift and souvenir shop
on the East side of the court house.
The first stop on the tour of Jack Daniel's is at the top of the hill
behind the main facilities. This is a large barrel house for storing
whiskey barrels for the number of years needed for proper aging of the different
types of whiskey they make here.
I checked the surrounding area using Google Earth and found over 70 more
similar "barrel house" buildings in the county.
A short walk down the hill takes you to the place where a natural spring
is the source of all the water used to make Jack Daniel's whiskey. That
dark area behind us is the cave where the spring flows out of the hillside. My
souvenir tour ticket is clearly visible in my shirt pocket. Linda has her
camera in her hand as the tour guide takes our pictures with my camera.
The tour guide wanted to take a second picture and of course Linda was not looking into the camera lens for this second photo.
Not far from the spring is this burn area where they make their own
charcoal to filter the alcohol before it goes into the barrels for aging.
No pictures were allowed in the buildings holding the mash vats, stills, and the
processing of the whiskey before and after it comes out of the barrels for
bottling. The stills run all the time, as do the vats that ferment the
mash to create the alcohol for the whiskey.
This is the last stop before returning to the welcome center seen at the
top of the page. This is where you get to ask questions. The tour
guides are well versed in the history of the company and the entire process of
making Jack Daniel's whiskey. The lady in the red hat was our tour guide
My last photo of the day was this one with Linda posing with Madeline, our
tour guide today. I commented about how she resembled actor Robin Tunney
that has played parts in a number of television shows. I told her about my
"49 face theory" and how everybody looks like someone famous.
The number 49 just popped into my head the first time I remember talking about
familiar faces every where I go.
Here are a couple of photos of Robin Tunney from the IMDB web site. These photos above and below prove my "49 Face Theory" about how everybody looks like somebody famous. The career of most television and movie actors are available from the Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB).
There is always big business behind a popular product like Jack Daniel's
whiskey. This brick building facility on the road leaving Lynchburg
appears to be an administration facility with a lot of folks working here.
The larger building behind it must be a warehouse used for shipping.
A closer look at the entry driveway shows a gate house and two big trucks
with containers for shipments of cases of whiskey that can go anywhere
worldwide. The little sign with the right turn arrow is the visitor and
employee entry to the admin building.