It’s hard to imagine that less than two years ago this 315 acre site was the home of a truss making company. And perhaps even harder to imagine is that back in the 1800 until the early 1960s this ground was once a commercial distillery. The transformation of this historic site back into a distillery and the creation of a family destination are nothing short of astounding.
Log Still Distillery Brings it on Home to Gethsemane, Kentucky
Log Still Distillery was announced on National Bourbon Day in 2019 by J.W. ‘Wally’ Dant III. He’s the great-great-great Grandson of infamous distiller Joseph Washington J.W. Dant. The Dant family tree, which includes branches into the Beam family, has had its hand in the distilling business for 200+ years and now that tree has re-born a branch in Gethsemane.
Log Still Distillery opened the Homestead Bed & Breakfast, a five bedroom BnB at Dant Crossing in February. That was soon followed in May when Dant and the state’s Gov. arrived by train to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of their tasting room and distillery. It was on that day that Dant declared, “One of the things that Lynne (Dant), Charles (Dant) and I along with a lot of our families have been talking about and dreaming about for quite some time is this place and being back in the distilling business. And it’s very humbling to be here and be standing before you and being able to say ‘The Dant’s are back in the bourbon business again’.”
And now Log Still Distillery has opened and officially christened their entertainment amphitheater simply called ‘The Amp’. The outdoor amphitheater can hold about 2,000 people. Approximately 850 are reserved seats and the remainder is general admission. (Click any image to enlarge.)
Dant is from Kentucky but has been living in Tennessee for many years. In a conversation with Dant before the show he told me he has ‘friends in low places’ in Nashville and that’s really helped him to land some big name artists to kick off The Amp.
They’ve had a few shows at The Amp already but on August 6 they brought in GRAMMY, ACM, CMA, and AMA Award-winning group, Little Big Town. The band is known for songs like Boondocks, Bring It On Home (full video here), Little White Church, Girl Crush, Pontoon and whiskey drinking songs like Day Drinking. This is the same band that played to 50,000+ people about an hour north of the distillery at Bourbon & Beyond Festival when it was ok for 50k people to hang out together.
Watch the video below to see Little Big Town perform “Bring it on Home” at The Amp at Log Still Distillery.
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“We are very fortunate to work with some really good people out of Nashville and they knew the band really-really well. We were talking about it and I asked if he could get them up here and he said, ‘Yes, we can get them up there.’ We are very fortunate to have them here and being a part of what we are doing.”
The Little Big Town show sold out in 30 minutes.
There are two shows planned for every weekend through October 2021. The plan is to offer a mixture of country, bluegrass and rock and roll. In addition to national acts there will also be shows that feature a mix of local and regional acts. Those evenings will be called, “Kentucky Proud Nights” with artists from Kentucky and surrounding areas.
What’s Next for Log Still Distillery?
The next construction project at Dant Crossing will be the opening of their conference and wedding venue called ‘The Legacy’. It is expected to be completed by December 2021. That will soon be followed by a full service restaurant and a much larger distillery in 2022.