Petersburg Distillery/ Lewis Loder

Front St. in Riverview Park, Petersburg, KY


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger in June 2022




"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."

Update Log 

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