Management of the operation passed to Albert C. Brown, the son of Frederick and Anna Brown, in the early years of the 20th century. The winery prospered under his management until Federal prohibition forced the closure of the vineyard in 1920. According to various accounts, the wine cellar was emptied and the entire inventory buried on the property. Revenue agents, at some later time, reportedly returned to the site and had the remaining bottles exhumed and broken. It is believed that only one intact bottle of wine produced by Brown’s Vineyard remains today. That bottle, which has never been opened, is said to be in the possession of the Hancock County Historical Society.
Federal revenue agents destroy illegal liquor in New York in the 1920s (right). In the photo above, law enforcement officers from Gulfport pose with alcohol seized in 1909. Mississippi passed a prohibition law more than a decade before the rest of the country, and would be the last state to ratify the repeal of prohibition.
(1) Brown's Vinyard: http://www.hancockcountyhistoricalsociety.com/gallery
(2) Revenue agents: www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/cthulhusupremusest/wikis/1920s-new-york-city
(3) Gulfport: http://whttp://mdah.state.ms.us/timeline/zone/1909/