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About This Site
Small still for use in a basement, Wilkes County
Appalachian Cultural Museum
Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
The term moonshine originated in Europe and was used in England in the
1700's. It originally referred to "occupational pursuits which necessitated night work,
or work by the light of the moon."
The expression "bootlegging" has an long history itself. It originated in colonial America, and it believed to have been used in reference to selling alcohol to Native Americans. Some colonists tried to prevent this practice, but those that were more determined attempted to trade "spirits" for material goods. These colonists concealed bottles of liquor in the top of their boots and covered the bottles with their pants leg; hence the term "bootlegger."
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