How much do you know about moonshine in the Smoky Mountains? Did you know that NASCAR was borne from moonshine runners? I don’t claim to be either a NASCAR or Moonshine expert, but I’ve read enough about both of them to understand the connection.
Apparently the hills of Tennessee and North Carolina were home to many moonshiners. The mountains provided a refuge that was difficult for law enforcement to maneuver, but easy for the shiners to navigate to transport their corn whiskey. As the cops got better at finding and chasing the shiners, the shiners souped up their cars to outrun the law. Read about Moonshine Runners & Cars for stories right from the runners and their relatives.
So when you visit Gatlinburg make a stop at Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery in downtown Gatlinburg where you can read all about the history of moon-shining in Tennessee and the surrounding mountains, and have samples of moonshine. But be sure to bring a designated driver!
- Moonshine: From the Woods to Wal-Mart (minyanville.com)
- Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine (coolmaterial.com)
- ‘Lawless,’ Moonshining, and America’s Modern Prohibition (hollywood.com)