Doris Settles

Doris Settles has spent a good part of her life doing research. Author of three books and articles too numerous to list, her love of history and unintended consequences comes through in Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging and Saloons by History Press. Doris taught Writing at the Lexington Community College and University of Kentucky for many years, and directed UK’s role (research/dissemination) in the Kentucky Center for School Safety. She is currently immersed in writing another book that relates to her family history and Kentucky’s role in the War of 1812.

Prohibition in Bardstown

Prohibition in Bardstown: Bourbon, Bootlegging & Saloons

Bardstown, Kentucky is the Bourbon capital of the world, so the sign says. Some Bardstown residents argued for an alcohol ban as early as the mid-1800s despite the fact that whiskey and bourbon were local staples. When Prohibition finally arrived, independent and inventive residents secretly kept the city wet. A deacon once stored whiskey in a baptismal pool. Seventy-year-old Aunt Be-At Hurst allegedly made her homebrew out of her bathtub. Some locals even burned distillery warehouses to cover up thefts. Crime ran so rampant that revenue collector Robert H. Lucas threatened to have the governor summon the state militia. Join historians Dixie Hibbs and Doris Settles as they detail the history of Bardstown and booze.