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The Wiley Searcy Distillery
RD #45, 8 th District
Anderson County, KY



The history of this distillery comes from Cecil (1999).

1818: The distillery was established by Joe Peyton. Peyton sold to Hawkins (no further details given).

ca. 1850: Hawkins sold to M S Bond.

1885: Bond sold to T M Ripy.

ca. 1886: Ripy sold to Capt Wiley Searcy.

1892: Insurance underwriter records indicate that the distillery was of frame construction with a metal or slate roof. The property included two bonded warehouses, also of frame construction with metal or slate roofs. Warehouse "A" or No. 1, was located 600 ft SE of the still. Warehouse "B" (No. 2) stood 10 ft from No. 1.

The insurance records show that the still was it was being operated by Wiley Searcy as the Zeno Distillery Co.

1909: Cecil records that both of the bonded warehouses and a free warehouse were destroyed in a fire on March 22.

1911: The property was acquired by Ripy Bros., who rebuilt it and ran it until Prohibition.

1914: The warehouse records show that RD #45 was located in Lawrenceberg (located 9 miles NW of the Gilbert's Creek location) and it was now known as the Old Joe distillery. It is uncertain whether the number was reassigned or that this is the same distillery.

Review bonded warehouse transactions for this distillery

Internal Revenue recorded warehouse transactions for The Wiley Searcy Distillery as follows:
( explain: origin of these records, letter codes )

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