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The Spirit of the Law: Governing Alcohol in 19th Century NC

Dr. Dan Pierce at Howling Moon Distillery

Event Description

This event has been postponed until the spring. Please stay tuned for a new date!

Join Howling Moon Distillery and the Mountain History and Culture Group at Wedge at Foundation as we welcome Dr. Daniel Pierce to learn about the legal and illegal history of alcohol in North Carolina. And the event would not be complete without a taste of moonshine from Howling Moon Distillery!

Howling Moon Distillery and owner, Cody Bradford comes from a long family line of distillers. His family arrived in Yancey County N.C. in the late 1700s, and like other subsistence farming families there was not much they could not make for themselves. Due to their remote location, it was difficult to get crops to market in Asheville before spoiling. In-order-to preserve these items, and generate a little profit they distilled their grains, fruit, and sugar cane.

The Mountain History and Culture group is a new non-profit organization in Weaverville, NC whose mission is to aid the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site in preserving and promoting early Appalachian mountain life and culture. All funds raised from this program will aid the historic site in education programs and outreach.

Dr. Daniel Pierce is a renowned NEH Professor in the Humanities and resident professional "hillbilly" at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee where he worked with distinguished southern historian James C. Cobb. He has authored books including The Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park (UT Press, 2000), Corn From a Jar: Moonshining in the Great Smoky Mountains (Great Smoky Mountains Association, 2013), and the first truly comprehensive history of early NASCAR, Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay, and Big Bill France (UNC Press, 2010).

This is a ticketed event. Tickets are $15.00 and include the presentation as well as a local liquor tasting with Howling Moon Distillery. Tickets are non-refundable. Seating capacity is limited. For more information, contact the Vance Birthplace State Historic Site.