America’s First Prison Distillery Is About To Open in Cabarrus County


A Cabarrus County jail that’s being converted into a moonshine distillery is now offering tours of the facility.

Southern Grace Distilleries — Cabarrus County’s first legal moonshine distillery — is converting the old prison at 130 Dutch Road, in Mount Pleasant into its new state-of-the-art distillery, complete with daily tours.

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The old prison closed its doors about five years ago, operating from 1929 to 2011.

Tours of the new facility will cost $14 each, which will include the complete history of the prison, moonshine tasting, and a souvenir glass to take home.

Southern Grace President Leanne Powell stated that the company is now the first working distillery to operate inside a prison facility in the U.S.:

The new space will include about 13,300 square feet for manufacturing and close to 5,000 square feet for Southern Grace’s new barrel house, as well as roughly 1,500 square foot for a visitor center.

The owners have stated that they’ve already come across old prison “memorabilia” hidden by the former prisoners, such as razor blades and shivs made out of spoons, which they plan on displaying around the old historic prison facility.