Still discovered during renovation in a Prospect Street home, on loan from Lionel Charles.
This still, currently on display at the library, was discovered behind a wall during construction at a Prospect Street home. The still was in use during Cambridge’s famous “No-License” law years, which banned the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1886 to the repeal of prohibition in 1933. For forty-seven years, Cambridge was a dry city, where once saloons and bars proliferated neighborhoods from East Cambridge to Harvard Square. Drinking wasn’t completed eliminated however, it simply went underground. Most likely the family on Prospect Street brewed alcohol in their kitchen sometime in the late 19th Century.
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