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Recall LaGrange’s Raid on Moonshine to be Reenacted May 1

Decatur, Ala. – The reenactment of a law enforcement raid on a moonshine still will take place the first Saturday in May at the LaGrange College Site Park located in Leighton. Set for May 1, 2022, Recall LaGrange’s Distillery Raid on the Mountain offers a day of living history events, Civil War displays and demonstrations, arts and crafts, musical entertainment and more. The event commemorates the 191st anniversary of the LaGrange College and Military Institute, Alabama’s first college.

Recall LaGrange’s Distillery Raid on the Mountain will include a period correct living history centering on a Prohibition Era raid on a suspected moonshine still. A group of lawmen will descend on the pioneer village of LaGrange and will engage in a brief skirmish with the locals. The skirmish is slated for 2 p.m. Displays to peruse include antiques and fragments of period moonshine stills. Living history presentations will be ongoing throughout the day and there will be tours of the Dawson Distillery located near the park from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the day of the event.

While the highlight of the event is the prohibition era raid on a moonshine still, the day-long event offers other important historical accounts, Civil War collections and fun activities for the family. The Alabama Bicentennial Table once owned by Senator Charles Tait who prepared the bill that was used for Alabama statehood will be on display and there will be art/crafts demonstrations, wagon rides to historic LaGrange Cemetery, a petting zoo and food. The pioneer and log buildings located in the park will be open for tours where festival goers can check out a recently restored 1840 cotton gin.  

Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free and parking is free. Donations will be accepted at the gate for up-keep of the historic park and cemetery. 

Distillery Raid on the Mountain takes place at the LaGrange College site located in northwest Alabama, 8 miles southeast of Muscle Shoals, off Highway 157. The physical address is 1491 LaGrange College Road, Leighton, Ala. For more information, visit or call Louise Lenz  with the LaGrange Living Historical Association at (256) 446-9324 or Event Chairman Ben Carpenter at (256) 577-4477.

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AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VisitNorthAL and like us at