Moonshine Still

The History of Moonshine - making moonshine is considered a tradition; it is part of Appalachian & Southern culture that thrives throughout the history of the South. Even though the days of moonshine runners are long gone, their history helped create custom cars & hot rods and make NASCAR a part of our Southern tradition.



Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination.

1921 in Marlinton, West Virginia.

woman drinking moonshine

Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 - January 25, 1947), commonly nicknamed Scarface, was an Italian American gangster who led a crime syndicate dedicated to the smuggling and bootlegging of liquor and other illegal activities during the Prohibition Era of the 1920s and 1930s.

Largest Moonshine Still Seized ~ During 1920s' Prohibition, moonshine, also known as "hooch" and "white lightning," was illegally produced, especially in the southern states and Appalachia. Moonshine, home produced alcohol or whiskey, used a still for distillation. Producers and smugglers usually worked by "moonshine" to avoid detection. Initially, the Internal Revenue Service enforced 1920s' Prohibition, and agents who destroyed stills were known as "revenuers."

1920's -- The radio!!

Coffin of the Unknown Soldier being brought down steps of the U.S. Capitol, 1920.

Prohibition A group of Policemen with cases of moonshine in Wash.D.C. 1922

George Washington's Teeth

Time to Boil the Diapers: 1943

Bathing suits of the 1920's.

Oldsmobile in front of log cabin, Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C

George Washington Carver and Henry Ford were close friends. Ford had an elevator installed in Carver’s dormitory at Tuskegee so that Carver could get to his laboratory more easily in his later years

Women with handgun and jar of moonshine in Calhoun County, WV early 1900s

West Virginia born Booker T. Washington-Born into slavery, died a great American

Bootlegger Car Chase and Crash - After a thrilling chase through the busiest streets of Washington, 1930's