A Dry, Dry State of Affairs

Catherine - Prohibition in the United States started just as Canada was ending their failed prohibition experiment. I get it, alcohol was a problem at the beginning of the century. According to one of the guides at the Prohibition Museum in Savannah, GA, men were drinking three times what we drink today. Drinking the demon liquor was ruining lives. Prohibition in the USA lasted for 13 years, from 1920 to 1933.

The museum was a fun place with 13 vignettes as one walks along the timeline of Prohibition from the lead up all the way through to the eventual repeal of the 18th amendment. The vignettes explain how prohibition supporters grew their political clout, how religious groups and political activists worked together to bring about a federal law prohibiting the making, storing and transporting of alcohol. To make up for revenue lost in liquor tax, the government introduced federal income tax. The who’s who of the day from moonshine makers, Al Capone and Carrie Nation are part of the museum. The fun part is you end the tour at a speakeasy where you can have a fancy cocktail.

My dad, the late George Halkyard, had written the music to a song penned by the late Jack Fleetwood about rum-running between Vancouver Island and Washington State. Walking through this little bit of history made the song shine and we have featured it in our video.


Kathryn - The southern states are steeped in the history of the American civil war. Four years of fighting that left 750,000 dead. Remnants of the war which effectively ended slavery in America are found throughout the south. The war lasted from 1861 to 1864 and Fort Clinch was used at different times by both the confederate and union sides.

The fort is located at the Florida-Georgia border, the entrance to Cumberland Sound. History aside, the fort is an amazing place architecturally. It is pentagonal with inner and outer walls and displays impressive symmetry. Five million bricks... five million bricks.