There are Shake Rag roads in Millington, Tennessee, Pine Mountain, Georgia so there is more to this than just a sign. We thought this could be a dirty plot and something needed changing, so we decided to investigate. We discovered a “shakerag” is what you call a beggar who shakes a purse at you and says give me the money.
There is also a place called Shakerag northeast of Madisonville, North Carolina. It is best described as a neck in the woods because nobody quite knows where it starts and finishes. They used to make moonshine there. When the feds tried to bust the stills the women shook their aprons from the porches so their husbands knew to pretend they were heating water for the dishes.