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New Historical Marker Tells of Distillery District's Past

Barry McNees (left) and Mayor Jim Newberry unveil the new marker.
Barry McNees (left) and Mayor Jim Newberry unveil the new marker.

By Brenna Angel


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- – For more than a century, Lexington's Distillery District served as a major producer of whiskey. A marker unveiled Wednesday explains the historical significance of the area, which is currently undergoing revitalization.

Distillery District developer Barry McNees says the historical marker sits nicely in front of Buster's on Manchester Street.

"I think the proximity to the Newtown Pike extension as this area really begins to blossom, and some people seeing it for the first time, making them aware of the rich history here I think is a significant stepping stone. So we're really excited about it."

Down the street from Buster's, McNees says his goal now is to secure historic tax credits for the old James E. Pepper distillery, which will allow the developer to move forward with work on the five-story warehouse.