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To understand the story of near screen it starts with knowing more about Jack Daniel and their friendship and the best place to do that is where it all began. Lynchburg Tennessee so I win Jack. Daniels my name is Jed. I'M GONNA be your tour guide and Yeah my mom named me. Je It happens all right. The distillery is nestled among the hills in Tennessee walking horse country about an hour and a half south east of Nashville. Ironically Jack Daniels Dry County. But don't worry they let taste of the whiskey after your tour covering history. I production second and at the very end of the tour. We will be sitting down sipping our top shelf whiskey. You chose wisely all right. It is a huge operation with facilities spread out over two thousand acres. We serve the entire world from this county and only this count. Despite it's size and the enormous amount of whiskey. It sells every year. Jack Daniels is proud of being made according to old fashioned traditions and slowly aged for years before it's considered good enough to drink that spirit yet. It draws hundreds of thousands of Jack Daniels fans to visit each year. We Love Jack Daniels. So we wanted to see where it was made. That is on her back list to come down here in definitely on your bucket list. Yeah just Something that I have to do before we traveled to Nashville for a quick vacation. So this is LS up before flat this afternoon on this tour our Guy Jet has about twenty people including one Pesky podcast host from places like Illinois Iowa Massachusetts Montreal and Ireland. It kicks off in front of a seven story building near the top of the hill. You're looking at a million gallons at Jack inside that one building. Yeah you've arrived guys and eventually winds. Its Way we're going to go walk around the corner. I want to show you buy this property to the opening of a limestone cave that's filled with fresh spring water. It's where Jack Daniels set up his still and started making whisky on the property. Jack was born about five miles south in here. He was born the youngest in eighteen fifty six. When Jack was still a child he became a farmhand for neighbor. Dan Call Call also owned a still along with being a Lutheran preacher and it was on that farm that Jack learned how to make whisky as an adult. He bought the property were. The distillery is today. His one-storey office is still standing and in it. A highlight of the tour. That is the actual safe that killed Jag. One Morning Jack kicked it in. Frustration broke his toe and it later had to be amputated that led to severe complications and eventually his death. Y'All touch Yucca. Duchy guys. Just don't kick it sorry to kill the mayor over the course of an hour and a half. Jed tells us a lot about Jack's life how he was only five foot two how he never married and passed the business on to his nephew and he also mentioned the man who had a big impact on the direction of Jack's life. Now the man who taught Jack to make whisky was Mr Nathan Nearest Green Nathan Green. Or as he's usually called nearest sometimes uncle nearest. Mr Green dirty time in the civil war before Mansa patient was infected enslavement. Over on the call property. Unlike Jack Though less is known about nearest green there aren't vivid stories about his life or the random objects he kicked just the bear details. Here's Nelson Eddy. The distilleries historian the earliest book. Jack Daniels that we have was written in the nineteen sixties and tells the story of Jack and nearest Not only them working together but a friendship that they had that Book Jack Daniels. Legacy was written by journalist who went to Lynchburg to do research interview members of both families. It recounts a story when uncle nearest still. An enslaved man was directed to teach young Jack how to make whiskey and for a long time. This was about the extent of what people knew about nearest. You know the Bible for the Jack Daniels tour was always the legacy book in the Legacy Book It clearly tells the Nearest Greens. Jacking Story. A few years ago however the company realized nearest was not brought up regularly tours and he had largely vanished to the world. Outside of Lynchburg. So Jack Daniels saw an opportunity in twenty sixteen during a one hundred fiftieth anniversary. It was a story we said. Hey we might like to highlight this because not only did near show Jack how to make whisky how to use charcoal to filter out. Impurities working side by side with an enslaved man appears to have had a profound influence on him even after he became a successful businessman. It's something Nelson points to in a photo of an older Jack surrounded by the men who worked at the distillery this was probably taken at the nineteen hundreds in the American South. And at that time it would not have been the custom to seat immediately to the owners right an African American individual. Typically they would be standing at the back but not in this photograph and when that photograph was uncovered. We wondered at the time who the gentlemen might be well The Green family has informed us that that is George Green nearest screens son. To of nearest green sons came to work with Jack when he moved his whiskey still to its current location later. Nearest grandsons would work at the distillery today. Three of his descendants still work at Jack Daniels in fact since its founding in eighteen sixty six. There has always been a member of the Green family working at the Jack. Daniel's distillery this history largely unknown to the world outside of Lynchburg struck a chord with reporter from the New York Times and when his story was published in June two thousand sixteen it featured this image of George Green next to Jack Daniel as there is no confirmed image of nearest green. One woman who read that article was fond. Weaver and that photo Khaderah for the same reason it fascinated Nelson the historian at Jack Daniels. The person in the center is an African American man and it is as if Jack seeded the center of the photo to this African American man and then stood just to the left of him and the question became who was African American man with that question and many more fun new which he had to do. I became fascinated. Some people would say I became obsessed. Whatever you WANNA call it. I became something and I decided to go to Lynchburg Tennessee. Though she had no connection to merest and his family she was determined. No more about him. She was willing to move to Lynchburg up in her entire life. To make sure the world would never again forget nearest green her story and his after the break..

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