Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Great Moonshine Conspiracy

Ever wonder why our Franklin County Virginia was called "The Wettest County in the World?" by Sherwood Anderson? 
Check out this website with podcast to learn more about the liquid heritage found in these Blue Ridge Mountains!
Hosea Thomas’ still site on Shooting Creek, Franklin County, VA, 1915. (Courtesy Blue Ridge Institute & Museum of Ferrum College, Franklin County Bicentennial Collection)
Listen to the AUDIO HERE from MoonshineConspiracy.org

In the 1920s and 30s, Franklin County Virginia was called "The Moonshine Capital of the World.” For farmers in the most mountainous parts of the county, moonshine offered extra cash and a path out of poverty. For the most powerful men in the county, it was an opportunity to get rich on the backs of those farmers. Jesse Dukes of Big Shed brings us the story of The Great Moonshine Conspiracy as told by Scholar Charlie Thompson. Learn more, with photos here.

Visit the Blue Ridge Institute and Museum to learn more about the heritage and culture of our Franklin County Virginia. It is just 10 miles down the road - go Route 40 from our corner and follow to Ferrum College. The movie Lawless was based on this event and era.