Labrot & Graham Distillery

Also known as: Old Oscar Pepper Distillery, WD-01, Woodford Reserve Distillery
7855 McCracken Pike, Frankfort, Kentucky


Street View 


Labrot & Graham's Old Oscar Pepper Distillery is importantly associated with the development of the bourbon industry, an enterprise of national significance centered in Kentucky. As the birthplace of bourbon in the 1830s, this site illustrates the evolution of the trade from the traditional pot still distilling of farmers during the early 19th century to the mature and highly specialized industry of the post-Repeal era. This 72 acre site has been used for the conversion of grain into alcohol since 1812, and its industrial architecture setting stands with few modern intrusions. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, May 16, 2000

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1995
Reference number
Architectural styles
Mid 19th Century Revival; Victorian; Late 19th and 20th Century Revival
Areas of significance
Architecture; Industry
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Processing; Agricultural outbuildings; Institutional housing
Current functions
Processing; Agricultural outbuildings; Institutional housing
Periods of significance
1850-1874; 1875-1899; 1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1865; 1934; 1945
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 19
Contributing structures: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 4

Update Log 

  • August 6, 2010: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger