Kiln is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hancock County, Mississippi. It is part of the Gulfport–Biloxi, Mississippi Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 2,238 at the 2010 census.
Kiln was so named because of the kilns once located there that were used for the production of pine tar . It was also once a thriving sawmill community with a 45-room hotel, restaurant, hospital, movie theater and drug store. A more detailed history can be read at the Hancock County Historical Society website.
Locally known as “The Kiln” (the kill, with the “n” silent), the Kiln has a long history in moonshine and was more widely known as a source of moonshine during the prohibition era, as far away as Chicago and New York. It is reported that none other than Al Capone himself had an establishment on the Jourdan River and was instrumental in getting moonshine and Cuban whiskey to Chicago.
The Kiln is also the hometown of NFL quarterback Brett Favre, something of which the locals are very proud. Fans from Mississippi and Wisconsin always gathered at another institution in the Kiln, the colorful “Broke Spoke“, to watch Brett play for the Green Bay Packers. ESPN covered the 2008 Super Bowl from the Broke Spoke wrote a poignant article about Brett and the Broke Spoke following the game.
Dempsey’s Restaurant is nearby and serves some of the best seafood on the Gulf Coast. When you stop at Dempsey’s, you will not want to miss browsing through Da Swamp Shack Gift Shop and More right next door. Among some of the items for purchase are popular styles of jewelry, T-Shirts, yard art, Saints paraphernalia, and much more including Al Saucier’s popular “Moonshine” books! You can even take a “Kiln Moonshine Driving Tour”!!! And you can get a 10% discount at the shop with your Dempsey’s receipt.
Be sure to stop by the Kiln the next time you are in South Mississippi–you will not be disappointed in this colorful area of South Mississippi!