We visited the Distillery and Grist Mill after touring Mount Vernon. It was a mild and sunny April morning and this small but very interesting historic site was picture postcard pretty. Only a handful of other visitors were there at the time, so we had the place pretty much to ourselves. It was pure pleasure to stroll along in such tranquil and beautiful surroundings on such a gorgeous morning. Then we entered the distillery and got a bit of a shock. When I chatted with the costumed gentleman in charge it became apparent that we had inadvertently entered the historic site at the exit end of the path (not quite as stupid as it sounds) and had been walking the path in reverse. When asked if we had tickets, we simply said that we had not purchased admission tickets at this site. We were not asked if we had already visited the Mount Vernon Estate.
In very short order the three of us were scurrying to our car, too embarrassed to even think about buying tickets. More than a month later I finally learned that the tickets we had purchased when we visited Mount Vernon Estate earlier that morning entitled us to visit the Distillery and Grist Mill at no additional cost. Despite being “legal,” we had foregone the opportunity to explore the distillery and grist mill and learn about their functions and products. Sigh…….. Well, at least I got some great photos, another item for my personal Don't Do It Again list, and a good story to tell.