The American Prohibition Museum is located in Savannah’s City Market and also houses one of the speakeasies of Savannah. I learned a lot about Savannah’s role in the Prohibition and how certain Mobsters, Presidents, and Nuns adjusted to the laws based on their lifestyle. My favorite new information was founding out that NASCAR was started by bootlegging Moonshine during the Prohibition Era!
The best part is the hidden speakeasy that serves amazing drinks! Make sure you get your drink tickets at the door and grab the Chatham Artillery Punch!
Throughout the tour you learn about the Temperance Pledge and the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union which used children and religion to further the spread of the Prohibition Laws. They like many others were against the use of alcohol and used the Temperance Family Pledge to reinforce the pledge against alcohol by pushing abstinence. Often the pledge would be placed in the Bible as a promise to God to abide by the rules of Prohibition.
Carry Nation was a huge advocate for the Prohibition and she went on a huge rampage of destruction to saloons throughout Kansas. After her husband Charles Gloyd died from being a drunk she swore to change how people used alcohol. She was known for carrying a hatchet along her campaign and smashed liquor bottles and mirrors to break down the morale of the patrons. No one wanted to see Carry Nation stroll through the front door of their saloon.
Mobsters like Al Capone, Bugs Moran, and Machine Gun Jack McGurn on the other hand were booming in business by bootlegging. Although law enforcement put together a Prohibition Bureau, there was little support from the government to keep up with the crime. This allowed many mobsters and gangsters to advance and make money until their much anticipated downfall.
American Prohibition Museum Hours:
LAST GROUP ENTRY 4:15 pm!
Monday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:15 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:15 pm