While perusing some old photos I came across this image of a nifty keepsake that belonged to my uncle.
The contents of the bottle had been emptied long ago, but the artwork on the label is charming. The pig is an especially nice touch.
Although I grew up near Salisbury, I never heard of Arey’s Distillery. If they went went underground during Prohibition, they never resurfaced.
Apparently, they did not diversify into the bottling of milk. Had there ever been an Arey’s Dairy, I’m quite certain I would have remembered it.
Just last month, the Salisbury Post published a feature on the Arey Distillery:
From the Post article, an old advertising sign for "The Pride of North Carolina"
"The industry was an important source of revenue for the city of Salisbury," the Post's Heath Thomas wrote in a retrospective in 1953. "In fact, at one time, 50 percent of the city's revenue was extracted from the liquor industry. That figure was around $25,000 which was a large amount of money when measured on the yardstick of 1900."
Dugal Lindsey Arey was born in Rowan County in 1856, and he lived for years at 621 N. Boundary St., near the business. Arey died in March 1922, and both he and his wife, Nancy, are buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Patterson says Arey was an influential Salisburian, though he had to move his distillery from Salisbury to Danville, Va. (Later D.L. Arey products also were labeled as originating in Baltimore, Md.)
Thomas wrote that Arey became "immensely wealthy."
In Salisbury, the Arey distillery produced at least nine brands of liquor, including Pride of North Carolina, Turkey Mountain, Roaring River, Mountain Queen, Monte Carlo, Thelma Hill, Old Watauga, Southern Bell and Crane Creek.