ABC Agents Talk about Moonshine, Then and Now

An interesting lecture today at the Library of Virginia involved 2 agents, one retired, from the ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control), who talked about busting illegal moonshine operations in Virginia back in the Prohibition days and today. I had no idea stills were so common! I learned that Virginia’s ABC was formed in 1934, the year after liquor became legal again, to regulate and control liquor sales. I learned that while it has been okay to make wine or beer in your home for your own consumption since the 1970s,  it is NOT okay to make distilled beverages. 

I also learned that Franklin County in southwestern Virginia, which was said to be the moonshine capital of the state (and of the country or world, according to some) continues to have the most illegal stills today. In the 1920s, a lot of Virginia’s illegal whiskey was shipped to Chicago. One of the agents, who was from that general region, said his father and grandfather made moonshine and that they remembered the mule-drawn wagons hauling moonshine to the Galax, Virginia, train station to send it to Al Capone. Maybe I can work that tidbit into my next story . . . 

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Published in: on June 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Have you read Wettest County in the World? Or seen the movie Lawless based on the book? Its a fantastic ( but true) story set in Franklin County.

    • No and no. I haven’t heard of that book. I have heard of the movie, and originally wanted to see it, but the previews and reviews were so violent that I let it pass. I really don’t enjoy graphic violence. I do know that it was considered quite accurate.


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