About Achewood

“Achewood,” like wormwood, was used by antebellum slaves in the production of “achewater,” a long-since outmoded and outlawed Southern beverage.

Drinkers of achewater experienced hallucinations and euphoria, but the after-effects of the liquor produced a deep and lasting melancholy (hence its name).

Modern science has confirmed that achewood oil, the active ingredient in achewater, is a powerful depressant which causes irreversible neurological damage.

Achewater is generally thought to have inspired many Southern folk songs and fables, such as “The Story of Poor John Ritch,” “Sullivan’s Bear and Dried Bird” and “I’m Following a Little Round Lord.”

62 Achewood Court: Group self-portrait
62 Achewood Court group self portrait, October 2001

Mr. Bear reading a Hardy Boys book
Mr. Bear portrait, October 2001

Lyle with liquor bottles
Lyle portrait, October 2001

Téodor in a nook
Téodor portrait, October 2001

Portrait of Philippe
Philippe portrait, October 2001

Portrait of Chris
Chris portrait, October 2001

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