"Back in the 60s and 70s, there were stills everywhere," says Robert Watkins.

And, Watkins should know.
For 35-years he was a Special Agent with the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control.
Watkins has taken his front line experience and written a book called, "Not Necessarily in Them Thar Hills."

"Everyone thinks of moonshining as being in the mountains.  I lived in the Tidewater area which is flat country and there was a lot of liquor made in that area too," Watkins says.

He says his counterparts in Franklin County used to tease him.

"The guys used to kid me that they ran into more stills backwards than I did forward, but I did get a lot of stills."

The book focuses on those experiences and some stories- both good and bad.

He remembers one time after busting two-guys who asked to take their "iced tea" along with them.

"We left the 2 moonshiners in the back of the car when we returned -it turned out the tea wasn't tea at all, it was moonshine, colored, and they were both drunk as skunks. And they were going to jail so what did they care?" remembers Watkins.

He says he's glad he was able to write stories like these down on paper, especially with a renewed interested in Moonshining thanks to television shows.

But, he hopes people take what they see on tv with a grain of salt.

" I think it's the most unrealistic, realistic show you'll ever see ," says Watkins chuckling. "That isn't the way it is really."

If you'd like to learn more about the book, Watkins asked us to share his information.

Robert Watkins: 804.443.3213

P.O. Box 397, Tappahannock, VA 22560