Jack Daniel focus of lecture series

Posted on Monday, October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Friends of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library will continue its fall lecture series on Tuesday, Oct. 23, with a panel of local historians discussing Jack Daniel’s whiskey in Lincoln, Moore and Madison counties.

The series will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Room of the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library on North Elk Avenue.

“The panel will consist of representatives from Lincoln and Moore counties in Tennessee and Madison County in Alabama, and will be an open format that encourages questions and discussion from the audience,” said Margaret Nell Fowler, an organizer of the event.

Representing Moore County will be George Stone, current president of the Moore County Historical and Genealogical Society, and Joel Pitts, a descendent of the Motlow family, who’ll bring much to the discussion of the home of Jack Daniel’s Distillery.

From Lincoln County, Clarke Waggoner of the Lincoln County Historical Society will provide insight into Lincoln County’s contribution to the Jack Daniel’s legacy.

Dr. John Kvach is an assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and was recently named the city school for Huntsville, Ala., as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Kvach will provide context and knowledge of 19th century Huntsville and Madison County, Ala., during the time that Mr. Jack transported whiskey there during the Civil War.

“As many people know, Moore County was formed from parts of Lincoln County, which aided in giving Jack Daniel his famous recipe for whiskey known as the Lincoln County Process,” said Fowler. “Although Moore County now possesses the tangible legacy of Jack Daniel and his sour mash whiskey, both Lincoln and Madison counties contribute greatly to the rich history of this local institution.

“This promises to be a wonderfully insightful and enjoyable evening of local history, so please mark your calendars and join us!”

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