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Story

Where we've come from and where we're going.

Uncovering hidden local mysteries.

 

Just when you think you know everything about the South Carolina Lowcountry, along comes Burnt Church Road. Our distillery is rooted in unearthing the truth behind where the road got its name, as well as demystifying local folklore that went along with it.

We began in the years surrounding the Civil War, the days of plantation life, and delved deeper into the 20th century, including a stop on the polo grounds in Old Westbury on the North Shore of Long Island in New York. Our discoveries include those of tragedy and jubilation; the demise of Lowcountry plantations, the rise of new industries, and the advent of private hunting and sporting clubs. All before developers swooped in and began building gated communities with private golf courses. We even explored the real stories behind local legends as they navigated through the Lowcountry’s deep and rich history surrounding Burnt Church Road.

The question, “Where does a name like Burnt Church Road come from?” drove us to embark on this multi-year journey. 

Finally, the answers we craved have become a reality. Luckily, so have their corresponding Lowcountry spirits.

Our Philosophy

Listen, we get it. When it comes to distilling spirits, we’re the little guys. We know we can’t beat the old school whiskey legends at their own game – and we don’t want to.

We’re here to make a meaningful contribution by crafting unique and flavorful spirits wrapped in history and shared experience. 

Our Vision

We hope to be a historical and educational communal destination for locals and tourists alike to learn about distilling and the rich history of our surroundings. Our mission is to be the Spirit of the Lowcountry™, and we want to convey that to everyone who finds themselves eager to learn, and eager to taste. 

Our Founders

 

If Billy J. Watterson is known as the brains behind Burnt Church Distillery, Sean Watterson would be the hands.

A true entrepreneur, Billy has founded many brands over the past 20 years. When he discovered the Lowcountry in 2002, he was enamored with its aura of ease, southern hospitality, and true, inherent beauty. His love for this place and it’s deep-rooted traditions is what moved him to his latest endeavor – a distillery.

Sean is a self-taught Renaissance Man, a modern-day jack-of-all-trades. He balances the art and science of distilling with pure heart and soul – crafting each spirit so perfectly, even the most sophisticated whiskey connoisseurs are impressed.

Both Watterson brothers are passionate about crafting authentic Lowcountry spirits that honor the history of the South Carolina Lowcountry and give back to its communities. Our hope is to make a heartfelt impact on all who are eager to learn and taste.

Burnt Church Distillery is a Watterson Brands company.

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