The history of three oaks, the Featherbone Factory

& Journeyman Distillery



1847 | EK Warren was born in Ludlow, Vermont  

1850 | Three Oaks, Michigan was Settled by Henry Chamberlain

Originally called Chamberlain’s Siding, the name was eventually changed to Three Oaks as Three Oak trees served as a guidepost for train engineers. None of the original three oaks remain today; the last was cut down nearly 100 years ago.

1864 | Warren begins working for Henry Chamberlin

1867 | Three Oaks becomes a Village

1883 | Innovation at the Feather Bone Factory

EK Warren, a staunch prohibitionist, founded the historic building that we now occupy as a Buggy Whip and Corsets factory. He revolutionized the manufacturing of corsets with the use of the softer featherbone, over the stiffer whalebone for corsets in the late 19th century. EK Warren’s success reached worldwide attention putting Three Oaks, Michigan on the map.


2000 |  Bill Travels to Scotland

Bill Welter traveled to St. Andrews to gain a better understanding about the game of golf and its origins. Along the way he met Greg Ramsay and developed a passion for Scotch Whisky.


2010 | Bill Travels to Tasmania


2010 | Bill & Chuck welter team up to buy THE Featherbone Factory & renovations begin

Bill bought the old Featherbone Factory on Generations Drive in Three Oaks, MI and began rehabbing it to house his own organic craft distillery.


2010 | Renovations completed & Journeyman distills first batch of Rye Whiskey



Journeyman Distillery Opens

Since opening the fall of 2011, Journeyman added new products, the distillery prides itself on using the highest quality grains sourced from Midwestern organic farmers.

2012 | Distribution begins in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, & New Jersey

Since 2012 we have continued in expanding our distribution reach and currently have distribution plans in the works. To find our spirits at a location near you, check out our Spirit Locator Page!

2015 | Opening of Staymaker Restaurant, Warren Hall, Production Expansion

2017 | opening of Catering facility & Grainery


2018 | Opening of Welter's Folly