George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
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George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
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After nearly a 200-year hiatus and a multi-million dollar reconstruction, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill is back in business - producing grain products powered by a 16-foot waterwheel and the same rye whiskey that made the Founding Father the nation's most successful whiskey producer in the years after his presidency. Located at the original site, George Washington's Gristmill highlights his vision for America's future as "granary of the world;" while his Distillery is the only site in North America that demonstrates 18th-century distilling from seed to barrel.
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Kim P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We recently visited the beautiful Mount Vernon estate. The mansion, museum exhibits, movies, huge gift shop and restaurant were all excellent. The absolute highlight of our visit however, was George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill. Located not far from the mansion, this is a must stop for the complete Mount Vernon experience. The staff at the Distillery & Gristmill were all superb, especially noteworthy was our guide Cory. His presentation and demonstration of the actual Gristmill operation was both informative and fascinating.
Don't overlook this national treasure, it is definitely worth a visit!
Written 27 April 2024
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Emily M
United States1,272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We really enjoyed the tour and seeing the working equipment; all the role players were excellent. There is no tasting with the regular tour.
Written 29 December 2022
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Sally L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The gristmill is far more intriguing but both sites are wonderful reconstructions. Our family group of 7 started our visit on a Sunday in order to tour these two buildings, which aren't open during the week. The four-year-old great-grandson was fascinated by the gristmill, especially the water wheel. We'd watched a video on the way from New Jersey. Water power wasn't something he could comprehend until he saw the 16-foot water wheel in action, but he was enthralled. A working gristmill is a great learning experience!
Written 4 December 2022
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klsmith5
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Excellent demonstration and tour of the distillery and gristmill. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. They took their time explaining things and answering questions. We enjoyed this tour much more than the actual house tour, where they rushed us through as quickly as possible. The gift shop was cute and the employees there were friendly and helpful as well.
Written 15 October 2022
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ddallas1969
Linthicum Heights, MD725 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021
Wow! What an amazing time. Definitely pay for the tour. We were fortunate enough to get Cory as a guide and he was incredibly informative. We enjoyed this so much. Definitely stop in the gift shop to purchase some tasty wine or whiskey.
Written 14 August 2021
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Laura R
Olathe, KS157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
Very cool tour and interesting to hear the history of George Washington getting into the distilling business. Only downside is the bottles of whiskey are at least $100 and run was $320. Very pricey and you are. It allowed to taste it...so that is one down side. But overall a fun experience.
Written 24 May 2021
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Sue
Arlington, VA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
After a wonderful three hours at the Mount Vernon Estate, we decided to check out the Grist Mill and Distillery. Our thoughts, is it would only take a few minutes. We took the tour and were blown away at how interesting it was! The two gentleman were knowledgeable and made the Mill and Distillery a fascinating experience. We highly recommend a visit
Written 27 April 2021
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Colleen A
Mercerville, NJ92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
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.
Written 22 September 2020
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duck8to
Montville, NJ6,835 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
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.
Written 5 June 2020
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GV27OCMD
Ocean City, MD365 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
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.
Written 30 October 2019
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