Great-grandson H. Dale Pritts lives in Middlecreek Township, not five miles from where his ancestor set up his infamous still site on the Fayette County side of what is now Seven Springs Mountain Resort.
Pritts said this area is ideal for moonshining because it has two key components: secluded mountain forests and pristine streams. He recalled stories from his mother, who told him there were as many as seven stills operating at once along tiny Crab Run in this region.
Pritts also has a photocopied letter from an anonymous tipster who likely helped send "Old Bill" to one of his many stints in the Fayette County Jail.
The handwritten letter reads:
"hear (sic) is something I want Joe to copy off and send it to Judge Aimbel.
"Daniel Barkley is selling whiskey by the pint, quart half-gallon and even down to drinks and it goes worse. Then when old Bill Pritts was in and they had their whiskey watered down some that they sold was no more than 70 proof.
"Tell him to copy it off so that they don't know my hand write. He don't need to tell about the proof but about selling it."
The moonshining site of "Old Bill" remains remarkably intact to this day. A neat stone foundation a few feet high still exists. Within the square is a shallow, water-filled hole where he once made his mash, also known as "old hen," for fermenting.