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Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel

March 07, 2001

Crumbs from the Cracker Barrel



As early as the middle of the 18th century, farmers throughout what is now Washington County found that it was more cost effective to convert their grain into whiskey than to haul it to nearby grist mills. Less labor intensive and requiring a smaller capital investment, a distillery proved quite profitable. A 1755 inventory from the Leitersburg District revealed "one still, still tubs, barrels and half-barrels." A 1764 appraisal from the same area mentioned "one brass kettle, one still, and stilling vessels."

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