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On Friday, July 19, 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery held a VIP reception to launch it’s new National Historic Landmark Tour.  About 75 public figures, Buffalo Trace VIPs and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the end of a 15 year journey to get the 240 year-old property designated as a National Historic Landmark.

“After 240 years, Buffalo Trace Distillery was excited to announce that it has been named a National Historic Landmark by the United States Department of the Interior. Joining the elite ranks of such American icons as the Alamo, the Empire State Building, and the White House, Buffalo Trace Distillery is now one of only 2,577 National Historic Landmarks in the United States, which represent 0.001% of properties in the U.S.

To celebrate, Buffalo Trace is offering a new National Historic Landmark (NHL) tour which kicked off Friday, July 19th at 6:30 p.m. The tour is complimentary and open to the public and will be offered on a regular basis. The new tour will focus on the buildings, architecture, and history of the Distillery in the years between 1933-1953, which is the period of significance on which the NHL award is based.  The award submission describes Buffalo Trace Distillery as, “a rare, intact example of a distillery operating before, during and after Prohibition with intact distillery resources ranging in date from ca. 1880 to 1953.  These provide an unparalleled opportunity to study at one site the evolution of the building types, building materials and construction technology associated with the American whiskey industry over time.”

Buffalo Trace has spent the past 15 years on the submission process to be a National Historic Landmark, and has run into various roadblocks along the way.  “Nothing has made me happier these past 15 years than this designation,” said Mark Brown, president and chief executive officer, Buffalo Trace Distillery. “This award is for the Distillery, its people, its builders, its visionaries, its preservers and protectors, its rescuers and those who have come to love it. I cannot think of a more deserving place.”

Visitors will need reservations for future NHL tours.  The tour will last about an hour and will end with a tasting of some of Buffalo Trace’s products. For more information on the new tour, call the Visitor Center at 502-696-5926 or email Giftshop@buffalotrace.com.