Stopping the Stills

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100th Anniversary
This undated photograph documents the confiscation of an alcohol still in Sussex County by the Delaware State Police.

Stopping the Stills

After the 18th amendment was passed, stills started popping up in Delaware, mainly in the woods in Kent and Sussex Counties. Illegal liquor was often stored in the rivers and marshes. One could pretend to be fishing while retrieving their stash. Ships would lie off the Delaware coast just outside the three mile limit and at night "rum runners" would go out on fast boats to pick up the liquor.

This photograph is from the Purnell Collection. The collection contains representations of a wide range of subjects and time periods that give an excellent view of Sussex County. There are photographs from Kent and New Castle counties also. The collection is divided into three main categories: places, portraits and subjects. Photos with their location identified are arranged by town and portraits are arranged by individuals, groups and families.