Sunday was a gloomy, dank day, and absolutely perfect for urbexing photos. We were in PA to visit an old distillery which has a lot of coverage on the internet so I feel it's OK to mention its name here. A distillery, built in the 1850's, which had managed to survive prohibition by distilling medical spirits but was well known for distilling Overholt whiskey. It stood tall and desolate as we approached and it was apparent that it was really nothing more than a shell.
It sported some recent fire damage scars from 2004 but still managed to create a dramatic first impression. There was a fire here in July 1884 when one warehouse with 600 barrels of
whiskey was saved. The Somerset Herald
wrote in their story of July 30, "The heat
of the fire was intense, and the flames lit up
the country for miles. Burning whisky
flowed down the river. Twenty-five barrels
were rolled away and the whisky dipped up by a
mob. There were hundreds of drunken
men." The detail about hundreds of
drunken men may have been the reason why, in
1905, Fire Marshall W. H. Marietta "issued
orders that no liquor be given the firemen,
saying that it was impossible to drink whiskey
and fight fire at the same time." It
was an order that prompted some of the firemen to
strike, "but they were not from
Maybe this was remembered years later when another fire broke out in 1905 prompting the headlines, " WILL MAKE OLD
TOPERS SIGH. Four Million Dollars' Worth of
Overholt Whisky Fed a Fire at Broadford, Pa."
There was still snow on the ground from the previous week and as we walked towards the abandonment, rain and sleet started falling again and the hulk of bricks towered above us.
has it the distillery is haunted by a son whose family murdered him for
monetary gain and his apparition has been seen on various occasions, as
well as objects mysteriously moving or the feeling of being watched. I
wasn't aware of these tales before I went but felt nothing untoward
while I was there. The full story is here.
Some more shots and information is here, many photos of buildings now no longer standing.