For this project, we were lucky enough to get our hands on some historic material – reclaimed barn oak. We sourced this material from Kentucky, where it once served as flooring for the Old Taylor Distillery back in the 1800's. The history this material carries, along with its natural beauty made for some gorgeous furniture. History behind the Old Taylor Distillery, as well as product shots and specs can be found below.
Reclaimed Kentucky barn oak / semi-rough / wide plank / oxide stain / commercial grade polyurethane sealer and top coat / blackened steel bridge base and barn door framing.
8 communal tables + bases / 8 communal dining tops / 4 chevron patterned barn doors.
A story that begins back in 1887 behind a man with great vision – Colonel E.H. Taylor. A man who saw the potential in building a well-constructed distillery that would not only make his own "Old Taylor" brand of bourbon whiskey, but one that would serve as more. Old Taylor would become the first distillery in the United States that would be built from the ground up and offer more than just whiskey. It would be the first distillery that would balance its energy towards creating tasteful spirits, as well as merchandise, branding, and entertaining guests. Taylor believed that his distillery could bring people together who shared a similar passion in crafting whiskey, while also providing his guests a popular spot to host weddings, public tours, and other social events.
Taylor's vision began to break ground in 1887 at 4445 McCracken Pike, in Millville, Kentucky (just outside of Frankfort). The facility was built to resemble a medieval castle. Constructed with hand-cut limestone, the distillery served as the main focal point on the 83 acre grounds. It would be accompanied by carefully landscaped grounds that included a peristyle spring house, fish ponds, sunken gardens, and gazebos. A truly remarkable place that would become exactly what Taylor had hoped for – a very welcoming attraction. The distillery would eventually close in 1972, however, the property was later purchased in 2005 and renamed as Castle & Key Distillery. These historic grounds are now back to the roots of what it was, welcoming tourists and producing spirits.
Special thank to Rick Mijares and the entire American Social Team for collaborating on such a special project. We can't wait to visit!