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George Washington's Gristmill, Mount Vernon
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  • Went to see the Apple Brandy making demonstration -- there was none! Even though it was advertised all over the place. Staff barely explained and there was nothing "hands on" here. Would skip this par...  more »
  • When visiting MV, you have to come to see the distillery and gristmill. These items were among the most important aspects that GW implemented to build his wealth and take advantage of the local agricu...  more »
  • These tours were really neat and we got to see the old fashioned water wheel mill grind corn into cornmeal. Although both the mill and distillery are reconstructions you really get a feel of what it w...  more »
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  • The best historically accurate working wood-burning distillery in the state, if not in the US. They still make rye whiskey and peach/apple brandy 2 times a year.
  • There is no other experience like seeing an authentically replicated, fully functional, fully operational gristmill in motion. The power of the water wheel alone is enough to impress any person slightly interested in physics/mechanics. The distillery boasts of 3 authentic liquors: the George Washington's Aged and Unaged Whiskey and his Peach Brandy. A must try for whiskey enthusiasts!
  • It's a short visit, as this is a much-smaller site than, say, Mount Vernon. Still very much worth the trip. They're making whiskey now. An interesting study in colonial economy.
  • Just a little under 3 miles from George Washington's Mount Vernon lies his merchant gristmill. After exploring Washington's mansion, you may want to consider hopping in your car (or the shuttle) to explore this gristmill and distillery. The smart man that General Washington was, he quickly switched from tobacco to wheat since tobacco was heavily taxed. First erected in 1770, this gristmill produced 5,000-8,000 pounds of flour and cornmeal a day. Washington's wheat crops were turned to flour for sale, and it was used to feed his staff. The tour is much more extensive than I'd thought it'd be. Our guide first provided some historical context and then led us into the gristmill. From there, we were told about the milling process and the guides will even turn on the fully functioning gristmill for you to see the action. Next, we were led to the also fully functioning distillery and given a background on its history and the distilling process. Washington entered into the whiskey business in the late 1790s and it was actually the largest whiskey distillery in America at the time. You can sample some of their made-on-site rye whiskey at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant. Open April 1 to October 31. Admission is included in the general Mount Vernon admission or if you're not going to the grounds, you can purchase separate tour tickets here for $5.
  • Really cool place to go for a day. A must see. Put it on your DC list and see it. The distillery is great and you can buy small batches of liquor made there. Also a great spot to take a family photo.