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Daniel Boone and his wife Rebecca are buried in the Frankfort Cemetery. Their son Isaac is buried at Blue Licks Battlefield near Carlisle, where he was killed in the last battle of the Revolutionary War fought in Kentucky.

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"Buffalo Trace Distillery is a distillery located in Frankfort, Kentucky. It has historically been known by several names, including most notably, the George T. Stagg Distillery and the O.F.C. Distillery.[2] Its namesake bourbon brand, Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey, was introduced in August 1999. The company claims the distillery is the oldest continuously-operating distillery in the United States. Located on what the company claims was once an ancient buffalo crossing on the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County, the distillery is named after the American bison. The Sazerac Company, an American family-owned producer and importer based in New Orleans, Louisiana, purchased the distillery in 1992 and is now the parent company of Buffalo Trace Distillery.

Under its old name, George T. Stagg Distillery, the property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2, 2001, and designated a National Historic Landmark on ... Read MORE...

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1786 - Frankfort, Kentucky founded

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1854 - Frankfort
Frankfort, a handsome town, capital of Kentucky, and seat of justice of Franklin county, is beautifully situated on the right (or N. E.) bank of Kentucky river, 60 miles from its mouth, 24 miles W. N. W. from Lexington, 53 miles £. from Louisville, and 500 miles from Washington. It stands on an elevated plain or valley, between the river and the bluff, which rises a short distance behind the town to the height of about 150 feet. The river, which is here near 100 yards wide, flows in a deep channel of limestone rock. The eminences on the N. E. side of the town present a delightful view of the picturesque scenery for which this river is so remarkable. Frankfort is regularly planned, and , generally well built. The state house stands on a small eminence, nearly midway between the river and the northern limit of the valley. It is a handsome edifice of Kentucky marble, quarried in the vicinity, with a portico supported by six columns of the Ionic order. The governor's house is a plain... Read MORE...

1895 - Frankfort
Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky, and of Franklin co., is beautifully situated on the right bank of the Kentucky River, here crossed by a bridge, and on the Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington Railroad, 29 miles W.N.W. of Lexington, about 70 miles S. by W. of Cincinnati, and 65 miles E. of Louisville. Lat. 38° 14' N.; lon. 84° 44' W. The river is navigable by steamboats below and above this city. It flows here in a deep channel or chasm between steep walls of Silurian limestone, and presents picturesque scenery. Frankfort contains a state house, built of Kentucky marble quarried in the vicinity, the governor's house, the state penitentiary, a court-house, 5 banks, the state library of 7000 volumes, the Kentucky Military Institute, 6 churches, the state institution for feeble-minded children, 7 saw-mills, 5 distilleries of whiskey, and a flour-mill. Three daily and 3 weekly newspapers and 2 monthly periodicals are published here. Two bridges cross the river at this place. Pop. in... Read MORE...

1916
Frankfort, the capital of Kentucky and of Franklin co., is beautifully situated on the right bank of the Kentucky River, here crossed by bridges, and on the Louisville and Nashville, the Chesapeake and Ohio and the Frank fort and Cincinnati Rs., 65 miles E. of Louisville. Lat. 38° 14' N. ; Lon. 84° 44' W. The river is navigable by steamboats below and above this city. It flows here in a deep channel or chasm and presents picturesque scenery. Frankfort contains a State-house, state penitentiary, the St. Joseph's Academy, the state institution for feeble-minded children, a state normal school for colored, and the state library, with over 100,000 volumes. It has saw-mills, several distilleries of whiskey, and manufactures of boots and shoes, twine, furniture, and carriages. Thoroughbred trotting-horses are raised in the vicinity. Pop. in 1900, 9487.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Frankfort, Kentucky:
Kentucky State Capitol: Start your visit with a tour of the Kentucky State Capitol. This beautiful building is not only the seat of government but also a stunning architectural marvel. Be sure to explore the Capitol Rotunda and the various murals and sculptures that adorn the interior.

Frankfort Cemetery: Stroll through the Frankfort Cemetery, which is not only a peaceful final resting place for many prominent Kentuckians but also a historic site with beautiful gardens, impressive tombstones, and scenic views of the Kentucky River.

Old State Capitol: Visit the Old State Capitol, a National Historic Landmark that now serves as a museum. It offers a fascinating glimpse into Kentucky's political history and features exhibits on the Civil War and the state's role in the nation's development.

Buffalo Trace Distillery: Kentucky is known for its bourbon, and Buffalo Trace is one of the most famous distilleries in the state. Take a tour to learn about the bourbon-making process and... Read MORE...

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