On the edge of the outer Bluegrass Region, Maysville is historically important in Kentucky’s settlement. Frontiersmen Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone are among the city’s founders. Later, Maysville became an important port on the Ohio River for the northeastern part of the state. It exported bourbon whiskey, hemp and tobacco. It was once a center of wrought iron manufacture, sending ironwork downriver to decorate the buildings of Cincinnati, Ohio, and New Orleans, Louisiana.
Maysville was an important stop on the Underground Railroad, as the free state of Ohio was just across the river.
Following the Revolutionary War, settlers stopped at the junction of the Ohio River with Limestone Creek, which became known as Limestone landing.
Ok, those are simply a couple, very brief, noteworthy facts about Maysville. We will by no means give the rich history much justice here. What we would like to do is highlight something new that is celebrating part of the story of Maysville and Northern Kentucky’s past-meets-present. That being said, let’s continue…
Limestone Landing became Maysville, KY in 1792 and the whiskey that passed through Maysville was known as Old Bourbon County Whiskey.
In November 2017, Northern Kentucky was designated an “official gateway” to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and new distilleries are coming onto the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Trail. And you guessed it, Maysville is part of that gateway!
Local distilleries include New Riff Distilling in Newport and Old Pogue Distillery in Maysville. The Bourbon Line or “B Line” has been launched to promote the region’s increasing number of bars and distilleries. More HERE
“Old Pogue has a history dating back to the years following the Civil War. In 1876, the original Pogue distillery, Kentucky registered distillery No. 3, was established in Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, very near a site often said to be the location of Kentucky’s first bourbon distillery.”
Visit the Old Pogue website HERE
So, while standing here, sipping a fresh, handcrafted latte, in the Parc Cafe looking out the window over the cobblestone terrace I witness the very spot where the buffalo would forge the Ohio River, now a beautiful park (Limestone Park, of course) with the Simon Kenton Memorial Bridge in the background. It’s very cool.