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Rye, Rebels, & Restraint: Uxbridge During Prohibition

One of the first recorded transactions in Uxbridge was the sale of a gallon of whiskey in 1807, the same year that the village of Uxbridge was founded. This marked the beginning of a long and complicated relationship between alcohol and local residents that went on for another 167 years. 

The Rye

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Rye, bathtub gin, moonshine - Uxbridge had it all.  Learn about the early production of alcohol in Uxbridge, the making of moonshine, and the history of moonshiners and bootleggers in the area. It's a sneaky story that runs deep in the town.

The Rebels

Joseph Plank and Joseph Gould don't just share the same name - their business both played a significant role in Uxbridge's alcohol industry. At this time, barbershops and hotels across Durham region had many secrets and spirits hidden behind their doors.

The Restraint

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Citizens in Uxbridge held very mixed feelings on alcohol and many played a key role in the temperance movement in an attempt to keep alcohol out of peoples hands. These included activist groups, temperance advocates, and legislation.