In 1797, George Washington (1732 - 1799) and his Scottish manager John Anderson built the distillery in Mount Vernon, near Washington D.C., storing five stills and fifty mash tubs in a 75 by 30 foot stone structure.
Washington made whiskey from corn and rye and sold it straight from the barrel. He made as much as $7,500 in profit by producing 11,000 gallons of liquor at its peak.
From May through November 2003, Washington's distillery will be investigated by archaeologists. Visitors are welcome to the site from Wednesday through Saturday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Volunteers, over 16 years old may apply to join the project. (More events)
Mount Vernon was Washington's home. When George Washington inherited Mount Vernon in 1761, it was an estate of approximately 2,000 acres. He spent five years as a child there, and returned after his military service.
His distillery was passed onto his nephew, Lawrence Lewis in 1799 when Washington died. By 1815 the distillery was closed.
Today, Mount Vernon Ladies' Association (MVLA) owns approximately 500 acres that were part of the original Mansion House Farm.
The distillery is located at George Washington's Gristmill, Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Rout 235), one-quarter mile south of U.S. 1, or three miles west of the Mount Vernon Estate. For more information about visiting George Washington's distillery, call 1-703 780 2000.