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“Echoes,” from Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key © Sarah Hoskins 2016

Lifting a Glass

Artist: Sarah Hoskins

Project: Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key

Description: “The summer of 2014, my daughter and I found ourselves on McCracken Pike in Millville, Kentucky, staring up at the former Old Taylor distillery,” explains Sarah Hoskins of her project Bourbon as it Used to be, Now Castle & Key, a documentation of the ruins and rehabilitation of the site. Built in 1887, the distillery sat vacant and neglected for more than forty years before being purchased and renovated. It will reopen as Castle & Key later this year.

“Since that first visit I have had the opportunity to photograph the vestiges as well as the distillery being brought back to life,” Hoskins writes. “I’m sure the ghost of Colonel E. H. Taylor is sitting somewhere and lifting a glass to see his vision brought back from the past.”

Eyes on the South is curated by Jeff Rich. The weekly series features selections of current work from Southern artists, or artists whose photography concerns the South. To submit your work to the series, email Jeff at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sarah Hoskins

Sarah’s photography is currently on view in the PhotoNOLA CURRENTS Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Art. Her work is also touring as part of the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms, which began in May 2018 and will continue through October 2020, including stops in Normandy, France, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. You can view more of her work on her website.