My Mother’s Moonshine Still


One of the items we moved out of my mother’s house while clearing it for sale was her old moonshine still. Eleanor Dickinson was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains. One of the cultural artifacts she brought home to San Francisco was an old still which lived in the garden for many years. It consists of a 3′ wide 15 gallon copper tank and a copper coil. There used to be a wooden barrel but that fell apart years ago. The still was originally owned by some mountain men near Elkmont whose grandfather provided “white lightening” liquor to my grandfather, R.E. Creekmore. My grandfather specialized in Criminal Law, including defending moonshiners, who paid in kind when they lacked the cash.

The 1958 song and movie Thunder Road was about running illegal moonshine along roads that included Kingston Pike, near where my grandparents lived in Knoxville.

Image by Katy Dickinson 2012 Copyright


Filed under Home & Family, News & Reviews

2 responses to “My Mother’s Moonshine Still

  1. patrick

    what do you want for it?

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