Lincoln Birthplace, Wild Turkey, Candy ‘Factory’, Daniel Boone
First stop of the day – Birthplace of Abraham Lincoln. Located on land owned by Lincoln’s parents and situated where historical documents said it was is a cabin, thought to be the place where Lincoln was born. The cabin is protected by a mausoleum like building approached by 54 steps – one for each year of his life. One problem. They got the location right but it was found years later that the cabin was not the actual Lincoln cabin. It is, however very representative of what the Lincoln cabin would have been so nothing was changed except for a descriptive add on.
Further up the road we took a tour of the Wild Turkey Bourbon distillery. Production is in hiatus for the summer (too hot) but the tour was informative.
Next to Frankfort, state capitol.
First stop a candy ‘factory’ where Bourbon Balls were first developed. I say ‘factory’ because it is very small scale. Two small rooms and a somewhat larger room on the first floor of an old house in an older semi-residential neighborhood. It has all the elements though. Metal table for brittles and other slab candies. Candy made in large copper pot heated on gas burner and then cooled and aerated in a special blender. All three elements at least 75 years old and still working well. Toffee pullers (hook and mechanical). Chocolate enrober and cooling tunnel with two human box fillers at the end. One guy to pack and ship. Entire candy making staff is six or seven people. They do make many types of candy though.
A visit to the old Frankfort cemetery yielded this find:
Last stop of the day was the capitol building to see this:
On our travels today we saw a number of pastures but no horses.