The Cove & the Flint River: Bows & Arrows, Bugles and Bootleggers

In a study report for the GA Department of Natural Resources notes the cove contained artifacts that proved the long term existence of indigenous people in the area – especially where the Flint River bisects the cove.

With the cessation of Native American land during the first half of the nineteenth century, the cove became home to Scotts-Irish pioneers/settlers who, to supplement meager incomes, began producing tax free liquor in the recesses of the cove. The cove fostered a long tradition of illegal moonshine production and the high-spirited antiestablishment way of life that is attached to an underground industry. The cove was an ideal location as no one could enter or leave without the local population being fully aware of their presence. Points of entry to the cove were guarded by locals who, when federal tax agents approached, blew bugles that echoed throughout the basin and walls allowing for a cessation of illegal activity until the lawmen had departed.

The tradition of Scotts-Irish immigrants making non-aged corn whiskey in hidden locations around the cove goes back 150 years.