Alice Blanton

Interview Date: October 30, 2008

Interview with Alice Bacon Blanton, niece of Col. Albert Bacon Blanton. Blanton describes her Uncle Albert, talks about the Blanton family home, and recalls playing on the grounds of the distillery as a child. She also tells us about the education she received at the University of Kentucky.

Her stories vividly bring to life the town of Frankfort where Buffalo Trace is located. Most remarkable are her descriptions of the impact that Prohibition had on Frankfort’s citizens. She describes the financial hardship that Prohibition caused for Kentuckians living in a town that was economically dependent on the bourbon industry.

About Alice Blanton

Alice Blanton was born in Frankfort in 1918. She is the daughter of James Bacon Blanton and the niece of Col. Albert Bacon Blanton, who was president of the Buffalo Trace Distillery when it was known as the George T. Stagg Distillery. After earning a degree in mathematics from the University of Kentucky, she worked for her father’s construction company in Frankfort and managed the company following his death.

Link to full interview video and transcript on the Kentuckiana Digital Library

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