One moonshiner trained steers to help in his operation

Published 11:51 am Wednesday, March 27, 2013

One of the less widely known tales of the Dark Corner is the one about an unnamed, yet enterprising, moonshiner in the old Terry Creek section (think Cliffs Valley golf course community on the east side of U.S. 25 going north toward Asheville), who trained a couple of steers to assist him in moonshine making.

The distillery was located in a cave behind a waterfall on the backside of his property as it rose up the hilly slope toward Panther Mountain.

Very few people knew about his unique and untraditional moonshine operation since he kept word of it limited to family and close friends. Dark Corner folks do keep secrets, particularly when they involve kin.

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It was 1992, in fact, before a former neighbor of the moonshiner related the story to local researcher and writer Mann Batson, so that it reached print in his book about the upper part of Greenville County in 1993.