Episode 43

The first Catholics to move to central Kentucky were 60 families from Maryland who were led by Basil Hayden. They arrived just as the first bourbon makers began making bourbon whiskey. They quickly got involved in making this new spirit, and also built the Church in the region so much that Bardstown eventually became the first diocese west of the Appalachians, and the entire region became known as the Kentucky Holy Land.

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