Beanery Online Literary Magazine

February 7, 2009

LAUREL HIGHLANDS

BEANERY ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE

LAUREL HIGHLANDS

Dale 

    

 
     Some mountain men in the Laurel Highlands continue to distill their own moonshine in copper pipes and pots. During prohibition, they used this product as a way to survive, either by bartering or for cash. Those visitors who had reason to intrude on their property found themselves threatened by baying dogs or mountain men looking down the barrels of their hunting rifles. Operating a still was dangerous work.
     Knowing how to placate these farmers was part of the job of those who represented the telephone or gas companies. Right-of-ways had to be purchased and cleared. Those who became regular visitors often came home with a gallon of maple syrup or almost 100- proof alcohol.
     Many of the Laurel Highland residents in the isolated hills are descendents of Irish or Scotch immigrants who came here during the potato famine. Most worked out their passage as indentured servants. Then they worked to own their own land. These fiercely independent men and women still stand ready to defend their mountain hideaways from any intruders. Be wary if you tread on private property in the mountains.

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1 Comment »

  1. Dale, You have a good eye for detail and vivid description. This piece is short, but interestingly informative. It is bold with character and spirit. Regina

    Comment by beanerywriters — February 7, 2009 @ 7:42 pm | Reply


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