Currently in serious disrepair, the remains of the A. Overholt and Company distillery at Broad Ford could become another Western Pennsylvania historic site. Conveniently located on the banks of the Youghiogheny River, given the proper attention to land reclamation and rehabilitation, this riverfront property could link up several area wilderness trails, and become a favored destination of outdoor enthusiasts. Given equal attention to historic preservation and renovation, many of the buildings could be reused to establish new business concerns that would attract tourists exploring the historic sites of the American Whiskey Trail and Western Pennsylvania’s Industrial Revolution.
A Word About Safety: All those who have visited the distillery site in the past know how dangerous the conditions are there. Anyone planning to visit in the future should be aware that this is subdivided property with several different owners. It is private property and is posted as such. As for the railroad tracks, CSX actively discourages trespassers around their portions of the site. For your own physical and legal safety, do not enter these areas without the express permission of the owners.
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