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Near Meadows of Dan in Floyd County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Whisky Still

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2021
1. Whisky Still Marker
Inscription.  Many settlers and early residents brought with them the knowledge and the custom of making whiskey. Although tax laws and, for a while, Prohibition made the activity illegal, moonshiners have always operated in the mountains and other areas of the South. Converting corn to liquor has several advantages: convenient and compact to store and easy to transport. It also provides a cash income.

[1] To make a run of moonshine, corn meal, malt, and sugar are mixed with water and fermented in barrels (like those to your right). This process takes from several days to nearly two weeks, depending on weather and the amount of sugar used.

[2] The fermented mash, called beer, is heated in the copper still, which is mounted in a rock-lined furnace. Stills vary in size, style, and capacity. The copper pot and other equipment here represent a small, simple operation.

[3] Vapors are piped from the still to the barrel, or flake stand. This contains the worm, a spiral tube that is immersed in a constant flow of water. The worm cools and condenses the vapor into a liquid, which flows into a bucket or

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2. Marker detail: Whiskey Still Marker Illustration
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other container placed beside the flake stand. To increase alcohol content, the product of the first run is usually cooked again to make "doublings." A small still can produce from 12 to 20 gallons of corn whiskey in a night.
 
Erected by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Blue Ridge Parkway series list.
 
Location. 36° 45.101′ N, 80° 24.385′ W. Marker is near Meadows of Dan, Virginia, in Floyd County. Marker can be reached from Blue Ridge Parkway (at milepost 176.2), 0.2 miles south of Mabry Mill Road SE (Virginia Route 603), on the left when traveling south. Marker is located along the Mabry Mill interpretive trail. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 266 Mabry Mill Road SE, Meadows of Dan VA 24120, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bark Mill (a few steps from this marker); Appalachian Houses (within shouting distance of this marker); Sorghum Making (within shouting distance of this marker); Blacksmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Homemade Soap Recipe
Whisky Still Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2021
3. Whisky Still Marker
(whisky still visible in right background)
(within shouting distance of this marker); Challenges (within shouting distance of this marker); Lumber Drying Rack (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Stones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meadows of Dan.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Mabry Mill
 
Also see . . .  Mabry Mill. The sights and sounds of Rural Appalachia fill the air at Mabry Mill during summer and fall. Ed Mabry built the mill where he and his wife Lizzy ground corn, sawed lumber, and did blacksmithing for three decades. The old mill, cultural demonstrations, and a decades-long tradition of Sunday afternoon music and dancing continue to draw visitors today. (Submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Whisky Still image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 18, 2021
4. Whisky Still
(looking north from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 3, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   4. submitted on June 4, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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