"I just don't see that the government has a right to regulate what a man does with his own corn..."

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Franklin County Moonshine Stills

28 February 2012

Franklin County Moonshine StillsFranklin County Virginia has been called the Moonshine Capital of the World. There has been so much moonshine made in Franklin County that you can literally walk up any creek and find an old moonshine still. [Read the Rest...]

Philpott Lake Ranger Talks - Moonshine

22 February 2012

Philpott Lake Ranger Talks - MoonshineIf you are going to be in SW Virginia this weekend, you should swing by the Philpott Lake Visitor Center to see a presentation on moonshine. The event is this Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM.
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What Does the XXX on Moonshine Jugs Mean?

15 February 2012

Moonshine XXXThe "XXX" on moonshine jugs is a classic symbol.Everyone instinctively knows that XXX written on a jug indicates it contains moonshine, but what does that symbol mean?
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Moonshine Heritage One Year Anniversary

20 January 2012

Moonshine Heritage One Year AnniversaryToday marks the one year anniversary of Moonshine Heritage. One year ago today I bought the domain MoonshineHeritage.com and published my first post (which had been written a few weeks before.) [Read the Rest...]

Carolina ShineFest 2011

25 August 2011

Carolina Shine FestThe third annual Carolina ShineFest was held July 30-31 in Madison, NC. The event attracted about 30,000 people and featured muscle cars, bands, moonshine samples, and a distillery tour and an appearance by Junior Johnson.
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5 Ways to Tell If That Pile of Garbage You Found in the Woods Is a Moonshine Still

11 July 2011

5 Ways to Tell If That Pile of Garbage You Found in the Woods Is a Moonshine StillSo you’ve found a rusting heap of metal in the woods and you think it’s an old moonshine still. But how can you tell? Here are 5 things to look for to determine if that pile of junk you’ve found is really a moonshine still.
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Video: Moonshine Culture in Appalachia

7 July 2011

Moonshine Culture in AppalachiaHere’s a great video about the history of moonshine in the Appalachians. It’s actually from the DVD bonus features included on The Last One, the documentary about Popcorn Sutton.
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Snowbird Mill - Historic Mill on Jordan Creek

29 June 2011

Snowbird MillSnowbird Mill is a historic site in Henry County, Virginia that has been swallowed up by the woods and forgotten to time. The area is also a great place to locate moonshine stills. [Read the Rest...]

The Moonshine Stills of Turkeycock Mountain Pt.3

23 June 2011

Moonshine Stills of Turkeycock Mountain Pt.3Turkeycock Mountain lies on the eastern border of Franklin and Henry County, Virginia and the ridgeline of the mountain marks the county line. The mountain has a long history of moonshining.
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The Foxfire Book: The Original How To Make Moonshine Guide

14 June 2011

The Foxfire Book: The Original How To Make Moonshine GuideThe Foxfire Book is the original guidebook on making moonshine. Before the Internet, this was the only source of information on how to make moonshine. Many people have used it to make moonshine and it belongs in every moonshiner’s library.
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Jamison Mill Stills Pt. 2

20 May 2011

Moonshine Still at Jamison Mill ParkHeres a few pics from a friend that was hiking around Jamison Mill Park on Philpott Lake in Franklin County, Virginia. The moonshine stills are located on a small tributary to Nicholson Creek just off the the "North Rim Trail" at Jamison Mill Park. [Read the Rest...]

In Search of the Dehart Distillery

5 May 2011

Dehart DistilleryAt the turn of the last century there were many legal distilleries in Southwest Virginia. In Franklin County, Virginia alone there were 77 legal distilleries. Unfortunately, Prohibition put an end to Virginia’s legal whiskey industry. One of the operations forced out of business was the Dehart Distillery, producer of Mountain Rose Corn Whiskey.
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Apple Pie Moonshine

20 April 2011

Apple Pie MoonshineHere is a basic recipe for the legendary apple pie moonshine. It’s really easy to make, and you don’t even need moonshine (though you can’t really call it apple pie moonshine if you don’t use moonshine.)
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Shooting Creek: Mixing Moonshine and Mountain Music

15 April 2011

Shooting CreekSouthwest Virginia is the moonshine capital of the world. It’s also the mountain music center of the universe. Shooting Creek is the place where the history of those two traditions cross.