The exhibition in the Coe Hall mansion at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park does not only features historical artifacts, but liquor and cocktail recipes as well. The wall, dubbed as “Cocktail Culture The Glamorous Gold Coast Years From Prohibition to 1960,” highlights the fashion culture of the decade. It includes dresses, shoes, handbags and other accessories.
The most revealing of the exhibition is the detail on how William Robertson Coe was stockpiling liquors during the Prohibition Era. During the Prohibition, it was illegal to transport liquor, nay, consume liquor on public places. Rum-running was common byword on those times. Mr. Coe spent almost a half million dollars by importing Champagne, whiskey and other alcoholic beverages, and storing them in his secret 700-foot square basement storage.
The exhibition runs through September 30 and opens daily from 11:30 to 3:30pm; admission is only $3.50 and free admission for children under the age of 12.