Bucksnort, Tennessee

The legend of Bucksnort, Tennessee is murky, at best.

Located off I-40 at Exit 152 you will find Rudy’s Restaurant and a gas station.


The actual town of Bucksnort has been bisected by I-40 when the highway was built years ago. After taking the exit and follow the road passing Rudy’s Restaurant there will be a dirt road, named Bucksnort Road, that will take you to what little is left of the residential area. A couple of occupied homes.

The restaurant and gas station is all you will see from the highway that is of any interest.

The moonshine business was quite active in the 1880’s. Seems a man named Buck sold his homemade brew and people would say “Let’s go to Buck’s for a snort”. As people often do the whole phrase was condensed down to “Bucksnort” and it stuck.

According to Wikipedia the town was mentioned in an episode of The Nanny as being a flight layover before traveling on.

Don’t plan any flights with a layover in Bucksnort, Tennessee. There is not an airport near there. Except a possible crop duster’s hangar and airfield.

One other fact I learned. The Bucksnort area is/was one of the major moonshine distribution hubs between Memphis and Nashville.

Just thought you’d like to know.


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4 responses to “Bucksnort, Tennessee

  • Maureen Mathis

    I had a relative who was a moonshiner “back in the day.” When the cops were getting too close, he loaded up his still and his slaves and hopped on a raft, I think, to head to a new town for a fresh start. That was probably the most interesting figure that was uncovered in my dad’s family history. Although some of the characters around today will be remembered in history as “unforgettable” shall we say. Yes, LET’S…..!

    • Message In A Fold

      It is good to have a family member in our lineage that stirred the pot – or condensed it using a still :D. Otherwise it would just be plain boring to know our ancestors had no gumption 🙂

      Besides what would families have to talk about if they didn’t have someone to blame or make us wonder if they really were born in a cabbage patch 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Just love the name of this place 🙂 I wonder how many people lived there back in the 1800s? Must be pretty lonesome for those living there now. Love these little history tours 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      From what I hear the wooded areas have always been sparsely populated. Best places to hide a moonshine still is deep in the woods.

      The people that live deep in the woods like their solitude and guard it well. That’s okay with me since I’m a city girl anyway 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

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