After visiting the outside portion of the campus – the rickyard, cave spring, and office - we were led into a series of buildings, beginning with Distillery #1. No cameras were allowed from here to the end of the tour since we would be in some of the actual production areas. The guide talked to us about the coopers – the men who make the wooden...more
The small white building with a front porch next to the cave spring and bronze statue of Mr. Jack was his office. Inside the office is his desk and the safe. If the story is correct, Mr. Jack got angry one day because he couldn’t open the safe and he proceeded to kick the safe. The injury to his foot (this is a very sturdy safe!) became infected...more
Jack Daniel’s sourmash whiskey is only made here in Lynchburg – the only place in the world. The limestone cave spring is where the fresh water comes from. Given that we see Old No. 7 everywhere we travel (just about every pub and bar has a bottle of Jack on the shelf), it was surprising how small the cave of water was. Obviously there must be...more
Once your tour begins, you get into a small bus/van and head uphill to the Rickyard. This is where they make the charcoal for the mellowing process. It was outside and there were stacks of wood waiting to be made into charcoal in the large burners nearby. And just in case of fire getting out of hand, an old fire truck was on-hand.After the...more
Our tour of the distillery began here. Even if you have no desire to go on the tour, you can still spend some time in the Visitor’s Center with all the historic displays. The actual building is newer than the other buildings on the JD campus, just built in 1999. But it has that southern charm with its long wide front porch, chairs to relax in, and...more
We drove to the Jack Daniel’s Distillery – the easiest way to get there – and parked at the Visitor’s Center. It was not hard to find since it is probably the biggest attraction in the small town of Lynchburg, which is the county seat of the smallest country (Moore) in Tennessee.Tours run pretty regularly and we were here on a slow day so our group...more
The story goes, Mr. Jack arrived early to work one day. He tried to retrieve some papers from his office safe, but couldn't remember the combination. In frustration he kicked the safe, which caused him to have a broken toe. An infection set in, which ultimately killed him...After seeing the infamous safe on the distillery tour, go check out Jack...more
Old-timey town square, the focal point being a 100-year-old courthouse and bordered with restaurants and shops, you need to come here just to see. Most of the shops have the same type of stock (Jack Daniels t-shirts, charcoal briquettes, other JD merchandise) and the prices vary, although not by much. Several photo ops (see below). It was a...more
Founded in 1866, this is the oldest registered distillery in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. An active distillery - take the free tour, learn the history, and see how Jack Daniel's whiskey is made. I love factory tours, and this is a good one. The tours leave regularly (about every 15-20 minutes when we were...more
The Jack Daniels distillery tour is great fun and really interesting. Even if it is not your tipple, I would recommend the tour. The town of Lynchburg is worth a visit too, very quaint. A word of note though, although Jack Daniels is made here, you will not be able to buy or drink it here as it is a 'dry state'!!!more
Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee is said to be the oldest registered in the whole of the U.S.A. (put your best southern accent on when saying that!).We, along with our fellow visitors (1 Georgia native & 3 New Jersey natives) did the guided tour which took us through all the steps there are in the prodcution of sour mash Tennessee...more
You have to take the distillery tour. You are shown around by people who actually worked in the distillery and make the product (not professional tour guides).While it can take a few minutes to get past the accent (I'm from London, we don't have accents, everybody else does), it's well worth it.As has been mentioned elsewhere, Lynchburg is in a dry...more
423 Majors Blvd, Lynchburg, Tennessee, 37352, United States
Good for: Business
Nice coffee shop/bakery/bistro on the Historic Square in Lynchburg. I got a turkey croissant sandwich and fountain drink for under $7. They also have a variety of baked goods which looked scrumptious, as well as a wall of modestly priced local handicrafts and artwork. It was a nice break from a day of shopping & distillery-touring. :-)more
Inexpensive diner on the downtown square. They offer a typical Southern "meat and three" in addition to their regular menu, which has burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, etc. The daily meat + 3 was $6, and gives you a LOT of food. Diner was small, old, but clean and the waitress was friendly. I liked it, and would go back. I had the "Meat and three"...more
Take Interstate 24 East toward Chattanooga to Exit 81A (Murfreesboro/Shelbyville exit).
Turn right on Highway 231 and drive into Shelbyville. Turn left onto Highway 82 South & drive until it dead-ends into Highway 55. Turn right and go 1.5 miles into Lynchburg.
Take Interstate 24 West toward Nashville to Exit 111 (Manchester exit). Turn left on Highway 55 through Manchester and Tullahoma, then into Lynchburg.
From Huntsville, Alabama
Follow Highway 231 North to Fayetteville, pick up Route 64, and then take Highway 50 to Lynchburg.
When you get there, the distillery is easy to spot. Drive through Lynchburg, and the entrance into the Visitor Center parking area is two blocks past the town's only stoplight, right off Highway 55 next to the Mulberry Creek Bridge.
The town of Lynchburg is not that big so you’ll have no trouble finding the middle of town and the general store. While there are a number of shops that selling JD stuff, this is THE place to get all that Jack Daniel’s memorabilia you ever wanted to have. My dad was a huge fan of this place and I’m sure his den was primarily decorated with stuff from this shop; I like to call his decorating style “early Jack Daniel’s”. Pretty much, if you can put the Old No. 7 logo on something, it’ll be here waiting for you.
Interestingly, no matter how hard I search (back when I was selling Dad's collection or today), I cannot locate a website for the store.
Lynchburg is not like Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia -- it's full of real people with real lives. Though Jack Daniel's Distillery makes it a "company town", many of those who don't work at the Distillery work in the aerospace field at nearby Arnold AFB or Huntsville AL's Army and NASA facilities. The guy in the bib overalls might really BE a...more
This really puzzled my friends and I. You can walk into the drug store & shops & buy a a single beer, but the catch..... you can't drink it in public!! That's right. You buy the single beer, then drink it in secret. How backward can you get! So, buy your single, pour it into a glass at a restaurant & all is good (at least that's what we did!more
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DON'T drink alcohol here ... Lynchburg sits in one of two dry counties in Tennessee, where the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
'Whiskey, whiskey everywhere and not a drop to drink,' says Junior Donegan, a wisecracking tour guide who has worked at the plant for 20 years. 'Thank goodness it's a small county that doesn't take long to get out of.'