Kentucky Historical Society
New Historical Marker Commemorates Boone County Distillery

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 14, 2015  
Contact Information:  CONTACT: Becky Riddle
502-564-1792, ext. 4474

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14 , 2015) – The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a new historical marker June 4 in Boone County to commemorate the history of the Petersburg Distillery and one of its employees.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. EDT at Riverfront Park, Front Street, in Petersburg.

Petersburg Distillery operated under various owners from around 1836 until around 1918. For much of that time, the facility also milled flour and raised livestock, especially pigs. Although it was successful before the Civil War, it suffered a setback during the war. By 1880, it had recovered and had the largest output of any distillery in Kentucky. By the late 1890s the distillery occupied 15 acres, had a daily capacity of 12,000 gallons and sales to every state and some countries outside the United States. It was closed and dismantled by 1919.

One side of the new historical marker is devoted to Lewis Loder, a clerk and bookkeeper at the Petersburg Distillery. His diaries provide much of the distillery’s history as well as documenting daily life in Boone County from 1857 to 1904.

The Boone County Historical Society sponsored the marker.

More than 2,200 historical markers statewide tell Kentucky’s history. More information about the marker application process, a database of markers and their text and the Explore Kentucky History app, a virtual tour of markers by theme, is at KHS administers the Kentucky Historical Marker Program in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.


The Kentucky Historical Society, an agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, was established in 1836 and is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky’s history. KHS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information about KHS and its programs, visit