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Re: Distillery in Monroe County? Hoke Family
Posted by: Dorothy Miller Date: July 08, 2000 at 19:48:43
In Reply to: Distillery in Monroe County? Hoke Family by S. Meadows Burns of 467

A local writer in the 1920s ran a weekly
column in the WVNews, published at Ronceverte
under the name of "Mark Crayon". In 1926,
he wrote the following: "There was a mill
on Second Creek and also a still-house that
belonged to Christopher Hoke. The mill was
burned in recent years. Mark boarded with
Mr. Hoke's brother, John, while attending
school at Professor Dunsmore's Business
College in Staunton, VA. He owned the farm
that afterward became the property of William
Lee. The place at that time was covered
with peach trees and the trees were loaded
with fruit. Mr. Hoke hauled his peaches to
his brother's still and had the distilled
into brandy. One night he asked Mark to go
with him after a keg of brandy. He had a
5 gallon keg with straps attached to it that
he hung across his back like a knapsack.
They carried that keg of brandy a distance
of at least 2 miles. Mark didn't drink much
of the brandy, although it was as free to him
as water. If it had been prohibited to him,
it might have been different." This farm
was located at Rocky Point, which later
became known as Sinks Grove, Monroe Co., VA.
I, too, have researched the Hoke family in
Monroe Co., as a descendant of Henry Hoke
and Nancy Susan Fox who came there from PA.


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