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Picturing The Past: Making Moonshine In The County Was Big Business

 

August 27, 2018

Brevard Police Chief Paul Fisher (center) and officers Ray Buchanan and Boyce Gillespie confiscated 6 gallons of moonshine from a stolen 1950 Ford. The driver was not apprehended.

Making moonshine was common practice and a part of mountain culture during the 1800s. Nearly every home kept some form of spirits - whiskey, wine, ale or brandy - available for themselves and visitors. In addition, converting corn, grain and fruit crops to liquor allowed for easier transport to market for much needed cash. It was simply considered good economics.

By the beginning of the 20th century, public opinion, influenced by groups such as the Women's Christian Temperance Union, had shifted against alcohol consumption. The 18th Amendment made production, importation, transportatio...



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