It’s been 88 years since Prohibition ended in the United States, and what better way to celebrate the bootleggers of Williamson County than with booze? The Battle of Franklin Trust held the 10th annual Bootlegger’s Bash on a cool autumn evening at the historic Carnton house right by Eastern Flank Battlefield Park, the site of the Union victory in the Battle of Franklin.
After receiving their “prescription” — a facsimile of an old “Prescription Form for Medicinal Liquor” with a list of all the Tennessee distillers offering samples and a map of where to find them — more than 400 patrons made their way through the winding garden to the enchanting atmosphere of the sunset party. String lights glowed overhead as stilt walkers, dressed like flappers, from Beyond Wing Circus danced throughout the party, and magicians from House of Cards performed at tables of unsuspecting guests.
Supporters sampled the different offerings of alcohol neat and in mixed drinks from more than 20 distillers, including Uncle Nearest, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Corsair Distillery, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Standard Proof Whiskey Co., Arrington Vineyards and Davidson Reserve, and tried cigars from Battleground South Cigar Lounge. After tasting all that the vendors had to offer, those with dinner tickets enjoyed a traditional Southern supper by Daily Dish Catering, drinks provided by The Aero Bar and The Wedding Plate, and live music by local dueling piano team Rock & Roll Pianos.
Proceeds from the tasting and dinner helped support The Battle of Franklin Trust, their efforts to preserve Carnton and Carter House and their mission to “preserve, understand and interpret the story of a people forever impacted by the American Civil War.”