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Beaufort County, North Carolina has always been a hard place to make a living. People get by doing what they can. Some got by making moonshine.

There’s a story about a bootlegger in the 1950s, long after the end of Prohibition, who sited his still on a saw grass meadow at the head of Chocowinity Bay. It had the advantage of isolation. It could only be reached by boat.

The saw grass grew tall enough to screen his still from fishermen and duck hunters until the grass caught fire one day and burned down to the muck. His still became as obvious as a smokestack.

The saw grass meadows remain even if the bootleggers have all gone.

Saw-grass Meadow
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