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."