In the Heart of the Hills
Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, in the valley of the North Fork of the Kentucky River, five miles west of the border of Kentucky and Virginia. Visit in September for the Letcher County Mountain Heritage Festival. This was first celebrated in 1983 when an advertisement was placed in the local papers, and thousands came. The surprising turnout encouraged the committee to make the festival an annual event. Needing a name for the event, the committee solicited the community for ideas. Mrs. Toby Davis submitted the winning name, "Mountain Heritage Festival." Over the years, the festival has grown to 60-80 exhibitors and crafters, 18 food vendors and three days of live entertainment. Over 10,000 visitors attend the festivities annually. This community event proudly promotes the heritage of its people by showcasing various craft demonstrations, past and present.
There is one distillery experience open to the public in Eastern Kentucky: