Category Archives: Front Porch Stories

A Brief History of Bourbon

In the 1700s Kentucky was originally part of Virginia, and by promising to build a cabin and grow corn, pioneers were granted land rights in what was to become the Bluegrass State. Many of these early settlers were immigrant farmer-distillers from Scotland and Ireland, and because they were obligated to grow corn and were familiar […]

About Rebecca-Ruth Candy

The story of Rebecca-Ruth Candy begins in 1919 with two substitute schoolteachers, Ruth Hanly (Booe) and Rebecca Gooch. After much praise from family and friends for chocolates they had given during Christmas, they decided they were better candy makers than substitute teachers. At a time when few women went into business, Rebecca-Ruth Candies were an […]

About Derby-Pie®

Derby-Pie® was born nearly a half century ago as the specialty pastry of the Melrose Inn in Prospect, Kentucky. The manager of the restaurant, George Kern, developed the recipe with the help of his parents, Walter and Leaudra. Because each family member had their own favorite name for this new pie, the name Derby-Pie® had to be […]