McCormick is the oldest distillery in the United States operating at it original site. In 1856 the Distillery was opened by Ben Holliday and his brother, Major David Holladay. At the time it was called the Holladay Distillery. Ben got involved with developing the Pony Express route to San Francisco and building steamships and owning railroad lines. That left David to run the distillery. It remained in the family until 1894.
When the distillery was sold to George Shawhan in 1894 the name was changed to Shawhan Distillery. Since the quality remained high the whiskey became a Midwestern favorite. The Shawhan Distillery was sold to the Singer brothers in 1936. They named it Old Weston Distillery. They continued to operate until 1995. The McCormick name was used by another distillery in Waldron, MO which was purchased by the Singers and still is used by the distillery labels today.
In 1950 the McCormick Distilling Company was bought by Cloud Cray of Midwest Grain Products who chose to keep the name. Being well respected and well known in the area and nationwide it was wise to keep the McCormick name. In 1976 the McCormick Distillery was listed in the National Register of Historic Sites, one of only two distilleries nationwide receiving this honor.
During th 1970’s McCormick grew to serve 50 states and 37 countries. They also produced a series of collectible decanters which people still prize today. The distillery does NOT do appraisals for the decanters. You need to check other sources to see what the going value of the bottles are if you want to find out what to insure them for or to place them on the open market.
1993 saw another change in ownership to the distillery as it was purchased by Ed Pechar and Mike Griessar. They have taken the distillery from a company with 35 employees and $50 million in sales in 1992 to 186 employees and $150 million in sales in 2006.
The tours at the distillery were discontinued in 1995. Because of the traffic jams that were created on the two lane roads leading to the distillery the tours had to be stopped.
You can visit the
County Store at:
420 Main Street
Weston, Missouri 64098
Phone: (816) 640-3149
Tuesday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10:00 – 6:00 p.m.
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
“McCormick Country Store is closed the first two weeks of January.”
The Distillery Address:
1 McCormick Lane, Weston, Missouri 64098-9558
Phone: 1-888-640-2642 or 816-640-2276