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Dec
09

Franklin County Moonshine

About a decade ago I had a brother in-law that lived in Franklin County and at the Quik Mart near him sold these cool Glo-in the dark t-shirts. Back then I was pretty much Joe 6-pack so I had really no interest in any other new drinking hobbies, so I never tried the stuff. Last New Years I quit drinking altogether so  this post is my dry toast to all my fond memories of drinking beer and to wish all my friends that are still in the saddle to be safe this Blue Moon New Years.

A still on Shooting Creek Franklin County, in 1915.

Despite popular perceptions, moonsiners’ customers were usually not heavy drinkers. As Horace Kephart wrote in Our Southern Highlanders (1913). “In drinking as in everything else, this is the Land of Do Without.” Moreover, although alcohol- induced violence regularly occurred, “comparatively few highlanders see liquor oftener than once or twice a month.” In fact, “lumberjacks and townspeople” bought most of the output as they could “pay the price.”

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