Gethsemane, Kentucky, right in the heart of bourbon country, is a place where the Dant legacy grew, and where bourbon was masterfully produced for decades.



Our story begins with our forefather Joseph Washington Dant and an old hollowed-out poplar log. With it, he fashioned a still and gave birth to the Dant family’s place in bourbon lore with a legacy all our own. In 1836, he started a story of heritage, and Kentucky bourbon has flowed through our family’s veins ever since. 

Seven generations later, we’re building something new at our old Kentucky home. Spearheaded by J.W. “Wally” Dant and cousins Lynne and Charles, Log Still aims to combine the age-old craftsmanship of distilling with the camaraderie and spirit of a family-owned business.

And because family is at the heart of what we do, we view every bottle as a nod of respect to the past. Log Still is Wally Dant’s tribute to his father, forefathers and their contributions to bourbon history.

JW Dant

"From the very beginning, I never wavered from my love for family and Kentucky bourbon."

– Joseph Washington Dant –
J.W. “Wally” Dant is paying tribute to his forefathers with the creation of Log Still Distillery and Dant Crossing. While he my have his own story and reason for entering the family business, there is no denial that along with cousins Lynne and Charles they are building something special in bourbon country.



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J.W. "WALLY" DANT

We call him founder, foreman and fearless leader. You can call him Wally. 

As president/distiller, Wally Dant works hard every day to bring his vision for Log Still Distillery to life. And to Wally, it’s about more than quality spirits and an unforgettable destination. It’s about revival. 

The great-great-great-grandson of bourbon legend Joseph Washington Dant, Wally is keeping his family’s rich legacy alive as he builds upon the same land in southern Nelson County where his forefathers once made spirits. “To be able to put our name on a bottle again is pretty important.”

Log Still is Wally’s way of honoring the Dant family name and giving back to the community he credits for providing his family with values and love. And drawing from years of experience in the health care and liquor industries, this business-savvy entrepreneur is the right man for the job. Wally dreams big, and he won’t stop until he sees those dreams come to fruition. And the future? Log Still is still family-owned and run by the Dants.

If he’s not hard at work reviving the Log Still legacy, you can likely find him making garden-fresh salsa, hot sauce or ketchup, or cooking up a chef-like meal for friends and family.


He takes his bourbon on the rocks or neat with ice on the side.

LYNNE E. DANT

Engineering, marketing and now distilling. You name it, Lynne Dant has done it. She’s traveled the world in her previous roles, but she’s ready to return to her Kentucky roots and conquer bourbon country.

The great-great-granddaughter of Joseph Washington Dant, Lynne understood early on that she had bourbon in her blood and took pride in her family’s rich heritage. She often found herself researching Dant history or searching for memorabilia on eBay. So when her cousin Wally invited her to join him in reviving the family legacy, it was a no-brainer. 

Today, Lynne serves as our chief operating officer and distiller, applying her engineering expertise to find the perfect tasting notes for our whiskey and bourbon blends. 

In Lynne’s eyes, giving back to the community and continuing the family tradition are just “the right way to live.”


She enjoys her bourbon either neat or in a cocktail as an old-fashioned or manhattan.
Lynne Dant
Charles Dant

CHARLES D. DANT

Charles Dant’s journey to Log Still Distillery began when he was a kid. 

As a great-great-grandson to Joseph Washington Dant, Charles was born and raised near the distillery grounds in southern Nelson County and thought of the expansive land as one big playground. He’d make security rounds with his grandfather who worked at the old guard shack or disrupt the nuns praying at nearby Bethany Springs with the sound of his dirtbike. “I used to climb the water tower. Used to beg them not to tear it down. It’s meant so much to me.”

And today, he’s still looking after these grounds, including that iconic water tower. As our vice president of Operations, Charles oversees the 300-acre property, helping revive the family legacy in the community he loves. “I keep pinching myself every day.” 

If he ever has down time, you will likely find him gardening with his cousin Wally. 


He takes his bourbon neat with ice on the side.
J.W. “Wally” Dant is paying tribute to his forefathers with the creation of Log Still Distillery and Dant Crossing. While he my have his own story and reason for entering the family business, there is no denial that along with cousins Lynne and Charles they are building something special in bourbon country.



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J.W. "WALLY" DANT

We call him founder, foreman and fearless leader. You can call him Wally. 

As president/distiller, Wally Dant works hard every day to bring his vision for Log Still Distillery to life. And to Wally, it’s about more than quality spirits and an unforgettable destination. It’s about revival. 

The great-great-great-grandson of bourbon legend Joseph Washington Dant, Wally is keeping his family’s rich legacy alive as he builds upon the same land in southern Nelson County where his forefathers once made spirits. “To be able to put our name on a bottle again is pretty important.”

Log Still is Wally’s way of honoring the Dant family name and giving back to the community he credits for providing his family with values and love. And drawing from years of experience in the health care and liquor industries, this business-savvy entrepreneur is the right man for the job. Wally dreams big, and he won’t stop until he sees those dreams come to fruition. And the future? Log Still is still family-owned and run by the Dants.

If he’s not hard at work reviving the Log Still legacy, you can likely find him making garden-fresh salsa, hot sauce or ketchup, or cooking up a chef-like meal for friends and family.


He takes his bourbon on the rocks or neat with ice on the side.
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LYNNE e. DANT

Engineering, marketing and now distilling. You name it, Lynne Dant has done it. She’s traveled the world in her previous roles, but she’s ready to return to her Kentucky roots and conquer bourbon country.

The great-great-granddaughter of Joseph Washington Dant, Lynne understood early on that she had bourbon in her blood and took pride in her family’s rich heritage. She often found herself researching Dant history or searching for memorabilia on eBay. So when her cousin Wally invited her to join him in reviving the family legacy, it was a no-brainer. 

Today, Lynne serves as our chief operating officer and distiller, applying her engineering expertise to find the perfect tasting notes for our whiskey and bourbon blends. 

In Lynne’s eyes, giving back to the community and continuing the family tradition are just “the right way to live.”


She enjoys her bourbon either neat or in a cocktail as an old-fashioned or manhattan
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CHARLES D. DANT

Charles Dant’s journey to Log Still Distillery began when he was a kid. 

As a great-great-grandson to Joseph Washington Dant, Charles was born and raised near the distillery grounds in southern Nelson County and thought of the expansive land as one big playground. He’d make security rounds with his grandfather who worked at the old guard shack or disrupt the nuns praying at nearby Bethany Springs with the sound of his dirtbike. “I used to climb the water tower. Used to beg them not to tear it down. It’s meant so much to me.”

And today, he’s still looking after these grounds, including that iconic water tower. As our vice president of Operations, Charles oversees the 300-acre property, helping revive the family legacy in the community he loves. “I keep pinching myself every day.” 

If he ever has down time, you will likely find him gardening with his cousin Wally.


He takes his bourbon neat with ice on the side.
Dant Crossing
In the spirit of celebrating family and making memories, the Dants invite you to visit Dant Crossing – 300 pastoral acres of rolling Kentucky farmland where Log Still Distillery is located.



A new kind of destination for bourbon country, Dant Crossing will be home to one-of-a-kind weddings, memorable corporate events, day trips and weekend getaways. Anchored by Log Still Distillery, Dant Crossing will also include a network of wooded walking trails, a fully-functional train depot, an outdoor amphitheater, farm-to-table restaurant, 12-acre lake for fishing, and unique lodging options that create an immersive experience never before seen in bourbon country. The Homestead bed-and-breakfast is scheduled to open in late 2020, with more amenities to follow in 2021.

History of the Log Still

In 1836, Joseph Washington Dant began distilling Kentucky bourbon. The young Dant could not afford to purchase a copper still and instead hollowed out an old poplar log to create his bourbon. The hollowed log was used as a pot to hold the beer. From there, steam heat would be used to warm the beer, which is where the phrase “running it off a log” originates from. 

Dant sold enough of his log still whiskey to eventually upgrade to a copper still, but he never forgot his roots. The Log Still name is a nod to remembering where we came from and honoring our past.

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