Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Jug made for Calvin Park (1820-1875), 1864

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This large jug is inscribed with a poem:

Were it the last drop in the jug

And you gasped upon the spout

Ere your fainting spirit fell

I'd advise — to draw it out

Tradition relates that this 25-gallon jug was filled with ale and presented to Calvin Park upon his election to the Vermont Legislature in 1864. At that point Vermont was a "dry" state, and the sale of alcohol was strictly forbidden. The reference to spirits suggests that Park ignored Vermont's liquor laws. He was not alone. The running joke at this time was that although Vermont was not legally "wet" it was most certainly "damp."

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