Tucked away in the hills of southwest Ohio, just one turn-off from the rural highway, sits one of the last intact agricultural farm complexes in the United States, with a history steeped in American whiskey and a fascinating family legacy.
The farm is the birthplace of a family whose story begins in 1818, a farm where once the grain had come by the wagonful, where whiskey freely flowed, the creek’s pure water rushed by, and the smokestacks puffed aplenty. It sat silently waiting until, in 2010, Missy and Joe Duer decided to revive the former’s family distillery and become the next generation of pioneer distillers.
But before we can go forward, we must travel back. In the early 1800s, three brothers with the last name of Staley ventured west from Pennsylvania to a new future and hopeful fortunes in the Northwest Territory. Landing in Dayton, Ohio, the brothers were millwrights by trade. One of these brothers, Elias, was also a distiller and owned several distilleries before arriving in Miami County, Ohio. It was there that he was tasked with creating a gristmill and mill races for a man who owned a property along Indian Creek; later, Elias Staley purchased that very 160-acre tract.
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