During the years of Prohibition in the United States, the use of illegal stills to make homemade liquor was quite popular, especially in the South. Eastern North Carolina was no exception, and many small stills, like the one seen here, were found throughout the region. This still, made in Wilson, North Carolina in the 1970s, is composed of copper and would have boiled down ground corn, water, and sugar or rye into steam. The steam was then fed through the coil or “worm” and eventually condensed into a potent alcohol. The accompanying video describes the object.
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Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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Tobacco Farm Life Museum
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