Join us for an event to benefit the Heritage Museum Park, comprised of the Ethnic Heritage Museum and Graham-Ginestra House. The Heritage Museum Park is traveling offsite to the Barnstormer Distillery for a special event showcasing the Graham-Ginestra House and its unique history.
Ticket Price: $40/person in advance $45/person at the door Each ticket comes a tour & tasting through Barnstormer Distillery, a commemorative Graham whiskey glass, dinner from Texas Roadhouse, and live music with Trinadora. A cash bar will be available for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
Rockford has a long history with distilleries and whiskey that is directly linked to the historic Graham-Ginestra House. Rockford became home to the first Sour Mash Whiskey Distillery in Illinois in 1876 when Freeman Graham Sr. opened Graham's Distillery. After Freeman Sr's death in 1896, his sons Julius and Freeman Jr. renamed it the Graham Brothers Distillery. The Distillery remained in operation by the Grahams until Prohibition in 1919. In 1922, the Federal Government seized ownership of the Graham Brother's Distillery, officially shutting it down.