Newcomers bring decaying Kentucky distillery back to life

MILLVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The landmark Old Taylor distillery in Kentucky is coming back to life after decades of neglect.

The 1880s-era whiskey distillery housed in a towering limestone castle was a renowned tourist destination long before bourbon tourism came into vogue. But it’s been shuttered since 1972.

Now, two newcomers to the business have restored it.

Will Arvin and Wes Murry saw potential where others perceived only blight.

Four years after purchasing the property, they have poured millions into the project, renamed it Castle & Key Distillery and resumed spirits production. They’re hoping to restore the castle-like entrance, sunken garden and colonnaded springhouse of the distillery’s main production building to past glory.

On Wednesday, the owners are reopening the grounds to visitors.

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