Buffalo City, NC
The name of our business is a tribute to Buffalo City, a community with a long history of logging and moonshining once nestled in East Lake Township 19 miles west of Manns Harbor. Now, it’s part of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, but it wasn’t always so. From the 1870s to the 1950s, Buffalo City was a bustling one, hitting a population of 3,000 featuring a general store, post office, school house and railroad – much like any small town of its kind. What sets Buffalo City apart from the rest, however, is that this now-ghost town was home to the biggest moonshining operation in the region.
Prohibition in the 20s sent citizens of Buffalo City scrambling to make more money in any way they could, and that was through the making of illegal moonshine. Added to this stress was the fact that the logging camps that were such a big source of revenue for residents closed up shop at about the same time. It seems nearly every family throughout the city had a still, selling their moonshine to Speakeasies throughout the country. Crafted deep in the cover of the woods, the moonshine was transported via mules and boats. The hey-day didn’t last long, though, as the government investigated and sent many men to jail.