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Moonshining Program To Explore History And Folklore

 

July 12, 2018

Courtesy of the Rowell Bosse N.C. Room

Brance Tinsley, father of well-known writer and performer Jim Bob Tinsley, who photographed him with his still at Boren Mill Shoals.

Whatever you call it — moonshine, white lightnin', mountain dew or others — home-distilled whiskey was once a vital part of Transylvania County's culture and economy.

The secluded spring heads, clear cool water, vest-pocket cornfields and skills brought from Scotland and Ireland all figured in making moonshining a thriving cottage industry.

Add relative poverty, taxes and "revenooers," and the stage is set for a drama ripe with romance, violence and myth-making.

On Saturday, July 14, from 2-3 p.m. at the Cedar Mountain Community Center, two descendants of pioneer families, the uncle-...



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