Fun Facts about Jack Daniel’s and Lynchburg, TN!

  • “Jack” was a nickname for Mr. Daniels.  His real name was Jasper Newton Daniel.
  • Jack Daniel’s had 12 siblings.
  • He was raised by a family friend before being hired out at the age of 7 to work with Dan Call, a Lutheran minister who also owned a whiskey still. Pressured to devote his life to “lifting spirits” rather than “selling” them, Mr. Call sold his whiskey still to 13-year-old Jack.
  • Mr. Jack perfected the “charcoal mellowing” process at the age of 16, and registered his distillery that same year, in 1866. The Jack Daniel Distillery remains the oldest registered distillery in the country.
  • By 1904 (at the age of 54) Jack Daniel’s “Old No. 7” was one of 20 whiskeys from around the world entered in a contest at the World’s Fair. His won the Gold Medal as “the world’s best whiskey”.
  • A year later, Mr. Jack tried to open the safe in his office, but he couldn’t remember the combination, so he kicked it in frustration. It broke his toe, causing infection to set in, and he eventually died (in 1911) from blood poisoning stemming from that mishap.
  • Mr. Jack Daniel never married or had children, but his great-grandniece Lynne Tolley is deeply involved in helping to run the Jack Daniel’s distillery today. She owns Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House (where she can often be found cooking the noontime meals), and she is an official taster at her Uncle Jack’s distillery every Friday.

*Information adapted from the Jack Daniel’s website and thefuntimesguide.com.

  • Davy Crockett, The American frontiersman, who lived in what is now Lynchburg from 1811-1813.
  • Lynchburg has only one stop light in town despite the world distribution of Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
  • Lynchburg’s home county of Moore is a dry county.
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