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George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

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George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

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Take a break from the city on a half-day tour of Mount Vernon and Old Town Alexandria. Avoid the hassle of driving out of DC yourself and instead enjoy the views along the way. A guide ensures you see and hear about landmarks you may have missed had you come on your own. Tickets to Mount Vernon are included.
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Colleen A wrote a review Sep 2020
Mercerville, New Jersey81 contributions16 helpful votes
We did not have tickets to view the Distillery as they were sold out but it would have been more interesting to learn how Washington ventured into this business.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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duck8to wrote a review Jun 2020
Montville, New Jersey6,178 contributions1,217 helpful votes
George Washington;s Distillery & Gristmill at Mount Vernon is about 2.7 miles from the Mount Vernon home. This attraction is included in the Mount Vernon admission charge which is $20 (12+), $12 (6-11) and free (0-5). If you only wish to visit the distillery and gristmill, there is a $6 charge. The distillery and gristmill are reconstructions but they are faithful to the original and fully operational. You are taken to both the top and lower floors. The tour is about an hour in length. Tour guides turn the operation on and you can watch the shaker separate the hull and the grinding stone turn the remains into floor. The guides talk about agriculture in the area,the history of the original buildings which are in their original location and the gristmill and distillery operation. The distillery was less impressive as the only the operation, barrels and tools were visually displayed. The alcoholic beverages were not made during the demonstrations. The original recipe is followed and the beverages are on sale in the gift shop and also at Mount Vernon. There are no other outlets for its' sale. George Washington's wealth was derived from the value of his slaves, property and his businesses to be in today's dollars an estimated $530 million dollars. The gristmill and distillery were part of that wealth.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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GV27OCMD wrote a review Oct 2019
Ocean City, Maryland384 contributions106 helpful votes
The tour of the grist mill was worth the short drive from Mt Vernon. There is a shuttle but since it was the end of the day and we were ready to leave we decided to drive Seeing the mill operate was exceptional. We’ve been to other grist mills and few are operational and none show you both the top and lower floors during operation. This one did. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and took time to answer any and all questions in detail. I really looked forward to the distillery tour but was very disappointed. We’ve toured various distilleries ( Kentucky bourbon trail / Tennessee whiskey trail ) and was looking forward to an explanation of how it was done in George’s time. We got a bare bone explanation of the process. Even though the distillery is operational at various times of the year I felt it was all done for show. I would have loved to buy a bottle of George’s liquor, but after taking the tour I just wasn’t inspired.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Experience777549 wrote a review Oct 2019
9 contributions1 helpful vote
This was included with the ticket to Mt Vernon. We took the quick drive to see the mill. It is in a cute little area. Again, we had no line or wait. We listened to a short history discussion as well as how the mill works. We didn't spend a ton of time here, but it was a nice little cap to the day trip.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Mike D wrote a review Oct 2019
Watertown, Massachusetts39 contributions10 helpful votes
Make sure you visit the distillery and grist mill when you visit Mount Vernon. You'll learn a lot about agriculture in the area during the early days of our country.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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