Lynchburg: Home of whiskey

Lynchburg: Home of whiskey

August 27th, 2017 by Compiled by Rosana Hughes in Glimpse 2016

Fawn Weaver on the farm she bought where Nearest Green and Jack Daniel first distilled whiskey, in Lynchburg, Tenn., June 21, 2017. Weaver, a real estate investor and author, is on a mission to ensure that Green, who taught Daniel how to make whiskey, is properly recognized. (Nathan Morgan/The New York Times)

Photo by NATHAN MORGAN

Home of the world-renowned Jack Daniel's whiskey distillery, Lynchburg has earned its place on the map.

But whiskey isn't the only thing for which the town is known. This town has a rich history, and plenty to show for it. From the Old Jail Museum to Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House, you're sure to feel like you're walking through time.

FAST FACTS

-Founded: Established as Moore County seat in 1872

-Population: 6,313, as of 2014 census

-Time zone: Central

-Claim to fame: The birthplace and continued producer of Jack Daniel's whiskey

-Did you know? Although Lynchburg is home of the Jack Daniel's Distillery, you can't purchase the liquor in local stores. Moore County has been a dry county since 1908. The distillery was even shut down in 1910 and stayed closed until 1938, but these days you can thankfully purchase a bottle in the gift shop.

NOTABLE EVENTS

-Bike MS: Bike to Jack and Back – Take either the 55- or 75-mile scenic route from Franklin, Tenn., to Lynchburg to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. You'll be treated to a tour of the Jack Daniel's Distillery and some the state's best barbecue along with gorgeous views, all for a good cause. This year's ride is Oct. 7-8; must be 21 or older. (nationalmssociety.org)

-Cruisin' in the Hollow – A quintessential car show featuring a DJ, silent auction and prizes. Rev up for a good time Oct. 7. (Wiseman Park; 931-703-2644; lynchburgtn.com/whiskey-runners.html)

-Jack Daniel's Invitational World Championship Barbecue – Join professional judges and grill masters and fans from around the world Oct. 27-28. The best barbecuer will take home the $10,000 grand prize, or you can seek your title in the country dog contest, butt bowling and bung toss competitions. Though the cooking and grilling demos, pie auction and live music and entertainment mean everyone's a winner. (jackdaniels.com/en-us/BBQ)

EAT LIKE A LOCAL

-Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant – Serving home-cooked Southern meals since 1908, the building has a rich history dating back to the 1820s. The boarding house no longer books guests, but midday dinners are still served. Dinner is served by reservation only, and each guest is given a unique dining experience. The head cook is the great-great-grand-nephew of Jack Daniel himself. (295 Main St.; 931-759-7394)

-Barrel House BBQ – This barbecue house is relatively new, built in 2012 where an old laundromat used to stand, but the tables and chairs are made of old Jack Daniel's barrels. The owner, too, is particularly seasoned. One year after opening, he was was invited to compete on "Destination America: BBQ Pitmasters," and the restaurant is now one of the top five barbecue houses in Tennessee. (105 Mechanic St. S; 931-759-5760; barrelhousebbqtn.com)

-Lynchburg Cake and Candy Company – The owners took a 135-year-old family recipe and modified it. The result was the Lynchburg Whiskey Cake, made with genuine Jack Daniel's whiskey. Since the eatery opened in 2003, it has been featured on "The View" and Food Network, as well as in Paula Dean's son's book, "Road Tasted." (134 Cashion Road; 931-759-7441; lynchburgcakeandcandy.com)

WORTH A VISIT

-Jack Daniel's Distillery – Take a tour of the distillery as you learn all about its history and stories about Jack Daniel himself. The distillery is currently in use, so expect strong smells and temperature fluctuations. All ages are welcome but some restrictions apply. (133 Lynchburg Hwy.; 931-759-6357; jackdaniels.com/en-us/visit-us)

-Lynchburg Old Jail Museum – Holding two 8-by-8-foot cells, the jail was in operation for almost 100 years. It was converted into a museum in 1990 when a new jail was built. Today the old jail is on the National Register of Historic Places and features historical clothing, artifacts and the original cells. (231 Main St. Public Square; 931-759-4111)

-Lynchburg Historic Square – You'll feel like you stepped back in time as you walk around the town square. The shops, restored buildings and the old courthouse built in 1885 are sure to remind you of the rich history of small-town Tennessee.

Sources: Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce website; Tennessee Vacation website; restaurant websites