In November 2006 I took one last walk through what was once Kinsey Distilling. It was a very hard thing to do seeing everything abandoned. When you looked inside the bottle house that was state of the art when I worked there and which Chucks Grandfather ran so very well water was pouring in from the roof. There were Old refridgerators doors open with food people never ate because when they went to come in the next day the place was closed. I had a friend who worked there and he said that was how it ended up they came in to find the place sealed! The Old Still #12 is torn down just a hole where it was. The 3 old wooden and brick Warehouses down by the River which Jake Kinsey was so proud of have the floors fallen in. The steer Pens down back which men who worked there during the War told me how proud they were there producing alcohol and steers from the mash they fed them for the War all torn down. The lawns I once as a young man so carefully mowed in total ruin. All three of the company houses in ruin including Jake Kinsey's house where Chucks Grandfather lived. A trailer with old Whiskey Labels blowing out in the wind. The old Bottle house falling down. And the power house totally gone. In my mind I could still see the guys on day shift driving the old 1941 Ford flat trucks taking barrels to building M to dump them. It seemed so odd that there was no one there and nothing going on. When I left in 1972 it was a very busy place whiskey coming in to be aged and whiskey being dumped and going to the Bottling house. When it closed in around mid 1986 the Old #12 was still all there and fully sprinkeled someone could have made a museum with the buildings out front that Jake Kinsey built but people never think till it is to late. I have a picture of old #12 about 3 years ago it was still standing then and it was such a neat old Still building. I crawled through a fallen door way as I knew the old bottle house and Kinsey Rye building were still there, on the stairs in stencil the words Kinsey and Kinsey Rye building were on the wooden side and looked like new. In the old Bottle house sat a skid of bottles and old ruined labels beside it. Now they say the Electric Company owns it and is going to tear everything down including the 14 Explosion Proof warehouses that the company was so proud of back then. From this place so many great brands of Whiskey once came including Old Hickory and just like everything in America it is gone for ever, and just a memory. In some old pictures of it when Jake Kinsey was living it shows sail boats on the river in the background. Even the companys state of the art railroad bridge into the place is torn down. As I walked down by the river near the old warehouses I found an old cork seal bottle sticking out of the ground when I pulled it up it turned out to be almost perfect sealed with a plug of dirt it was clean inside. As I left I felt very sad that it had to come to its end this way. I could almost hear old #12 saying why! I am glad for the memories I have from working there just out of High school and that the job I had took me all through the place so I can remember so many things. Publickers Kinsey Distillery is just like many other great Distillerys gone forever! And the Oldtimers who told me so many things including stories about Jake Kinsey gone too!