Petersburg Distillery/ Lewis Loder

Front St. in Riverview Park, Petersburg, KY

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Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in June 2022

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"Est. in 1817 as Petersburg Steam Mill Co. at the south end of town. In 1833 William Snyder bought the mill; 3 years later he was distilling whiskey. By 1861, he had lost the business. In 1869, it was sold to Freiburg & Workum and it became the largest distillery in Ky. Closed & dismantled by 1919, the bricks were used in many buildings in town.

(Reverse) Lewis Loder (1819-1905)- Born in Pennsylvania, he moved to Petersburg in 1858 and lived in a c. 1840 house at Tanner & Front Sts. He served as justice of the peace and operated a tavern in his home for many years. Loder was hired as clerk & bookkeeper at the Petersburg Distillery, 1865. His diaries recorded distillery business as well as daily life in Boone Co. from 1857-1904."

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  • June 20, 2022: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • June 20, 2022: Added by Bill Eichelberger

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