Lancaster County distillers hand crafted whiskey before Bourbon was a county or the US was a country.
National Register of Historic Places Nomination:
The distillation of spirituous liquors is a major American industry, and the Bomberger Distillery, whose origins can be traced back to 1753 is both the Nation’s oldest distillery and a primary extant example of the small scale commercial distilling operations which enabled the United States, according to historians Waverly Root and Richard de Rochemont, to become “the world’s largest producer and largest consumer of whiskey.”
Click Here for Full 1975 Submission – PA Historical & Museum Commission.
From National Park Service National Historic Landmarks Program:
Dating from 1753, Bomberger’s, the Nation’s oldest distillery, represented the transformation of whiskey distilling from an agricultural enterprise into a large-scale industry.
Click Here National Historic Landmarks – Bomberger’s Distillery.