Bardstown, Kentucky - Part A
White Acres Campground
August 10 & 13
818 miles and 6 days into the trip.

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This is another of our Outdoor Amphitheater Drama Stops. Bardstown is where Stephen Foster made it famous. He was actually born and raised in Pittsburgh and in his early years, came here for vacations to visit relations. He fell in love with Bardstown and moved here as soon as he got married.

His story is what the drama was about. The set, costumes, music, and performance was outstanding. I assumed that I could not take a camera into the performance, so I left it back at the motorhome. But, they did allow cameras except that you could not use flash. Sooo, I took another picture of a post card.

This part of Kentucky has a lot of bourbon distilleries. Jim Beam, Heaven Hill, Makers Mark, Buffalo Trace, Wild Turkey, and Four Roses are all within an easy drive from the campground.

This is what one of the sets really looked like.
The temperature was in the mid 90's and no breeze.

The Musical Grease
We saw this the night after Stephen Foster - The Musical.
It had good music but was not as good as Stephen Foster. The voices were not as strong and the acting not as good. I guess we are getting spoiled.

The dancing was good.

We toured two distilleries. Here is the start of the Maker's Mark tour.
We saw where the grains (corn, winter wheat, and malt barley) are roasted mashed and then sent to large vats. Maker's Mark is one of the few who use winter wheat instead of rye. The winter wheat give the bourbon a much gentler taste.

Our Guide is on the right.
These vats are 12 feet deep. They hold the roasted grains, yeast mixture, and the limestone filtered water. The mixture is held in the vats for only 3 days. Then it is removed and the alcohol is removed and filtered. At this point it is what they use to drink as "White Lightning." It is then put in burnt white oak barrels. The burnt oak is what gives the final product it's color. We were allowed to stick our finger in each days mixture to taste how it changed from day one to day three.

Here is the bottling process.
Maker's Mark bottles it's bourbon after it is aged 6 years in the barrel.

After the label is put on the bottle, it is then hand dipped into a wax for sealing.

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