Farming communities are traditionally self-sufficient and Boone County would have been no different. Early Boone County business activities centered in the towns. Blacksmith shops and dry-good stores were staples of every town and would have provided farming families with materials and services they could not provide for themselves. In addition grist mills, located on streams, ground harvested grains into flour for farmers to sell. Distilleries purchased corn from the farmers to process into whiskey.