Sunday, January 13, 2008

On moonshine in Southwest Virginia

Back on January 8, the Washington Post published this story by Jerry Markon on the continuation of the moonshine business in Franklin County and elsewhere.

It says in part:

"Since Prohibition, southwestern Virginia has been a hub of moonshine production, along with North Carolina and a few other Southern states. The tradition extends to the English and Scotch-Irish colonists who settled western Virginia and made grain-based whiskey and the Germans who specialized in apple brandy. When Franklin County was formed in 1786, the first county court met in a house with a tavern."

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