An old map of the Land Between the Lakes area
Before we delve too much into the history of my family, I will briefly explain what the “LBL” in LBL Moonshine is. The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is a United States National Recreation Area located in Kentucky and Tennessee between Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake. It was designated a national recreation area by President John F. Kennedy back in 1963. Back then, it was managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) but is now managed by the United States Forest Service. Now before you get all excited and start planning your next vacation, let me explain to you what this place was before it was LBL.
People protesting losing their homes, farms, and businesses in the Between the Rivers area
Everything you read from this point on is the story of my family, and at least 1000 other families that lived in the area now known as LBL back when it was called Between the Rivers. See before Kentucky Lake was created, the area was bordered by major rivers instead of lakes, and that land was worked and managed by area farmers whose families worked for generations to build up what they had. This is the story of how thousands of people were pushed out of their homes and businesses were shut down, and how moonshine became part of culture and life in our area.