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George Washington's Gristmill, Mount Vernon

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  • The mill is a reconstruction, not the original. It's a beautiful structure and setting and worth seeing as part of a trip to Mt Vernon. The distillery is unique and the tour informative. George's whis...  read more »
  • Just a short ride from Mount Vernon, I would definitely recommend if you have the time. Tour guides really know their stuff. 
  • On a rainy Saturday morning we had a wonderful visit. The gentleman at the gift shop started us off with a welcoming tone. We had a private tour (maybe because of the weather) and the guides were info...  read more »
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Love me some moonshine, from the receipt of George Washington, but unfortunately too expensive
  • This was another great way to show kids how life was back in the days of our founding fathers. Seeing how things were done back then and having living examples makes it so much easier for them to comprehend and learn from the location.
  • 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.
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