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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...more
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5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon, VA 22309-3327
+1 703-780-2000
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All reviews gift shop water wheel rye whiskey distilling process grinding corn making whiskey original recipe informative tour for sale free shuttle buy a bottle great tour learn how visiting mt well worth the visit great visit beautiful grounds
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had never visited the Distillery or Gristmill in the past, and we found the tours very interesting. Our tickets for Mount Vernon also applied to visit the Distillery and Gristmill. The Gristmill process was discussed and demonstrated. We walked to the Distillery learned a...More

Thank Abby S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guides and the gristmill are very cool, but it wasn't until we were on the tour we realized that the existing structure was built a few years ago. While apparently historically accurate, very few things are original. The whiskey is very expensive for...More

Thank Erin M
Reviewed September 15, 2018

it was neat to see a fully operationa grist mill (still in use today) and the distillery and how they both operate and produce today... it's a fun stop, especially if you've done Mt Vernon, George's home....

Thank welovetotravel06
Reviewed September 12, 2018

The distillery has been restored to its original with working water wheel and gears grinding corn. No free samples but some small sample bottles to purchase. Its a short distance from the Main Mount Vernon Campus easily reached by car. Alternative is a shuttle that...More

Thank William D
Reviewed August 6, 2018

The secret is out. The first President of the United States was one the the largest Whiskey producers on the East Coast for a couple years later in his life. Today the distillery has been completely restored to the its original beauty. You can tour...More

Thank no1subman
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Fun to visit and see George's second job to make money! Wine is for sale in the gift shop! Make sure you make time to visit! It will be worth it!

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Reviewed July 23, 2018

This mill and distillery was very nice to visit. The discussion and demo were very well done. We actually got to see the water wheel turn and the mill grinding corn. All wooden parts and gears were amazing to watch turn . The distillery in...More

Thank ssusanw210
Reviewed July 20, 2018

Perhaps this was a high expectation situation, but I found my visit just okay. The demonstration of the grain mill was pretty fascinating and the view of the distillery section was informative, but I was kinda hoping for small tasting samples...which I thought I had...More

Thank andreabuffalo
Reviewed July 14, 2018

This is just up the road from Mt. Vernon. It is worth the stop to see the distillery and gristmill. They are both in working order and it's interesting to learn how they worked then and now.

Thank jfm14
Reviewed July 13, 2018

This is an interesting place to visit. You visit the gritsmill and the distillery — all part of George Washington's estate. The visit is interesting and the people there are dressed in colonial attire. The visit of the gritsmill is about 1- 1 1/2 hours.

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May 18, 2017|
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Response from E4307UHstephanieg | Reviewed this property |
You'd have to call for reservations for the restaurant not sure if they take them. The distillery only runs in the spring and does a limited number of bottles to sell in the gift shop for $100-$200 for I believe what is a 12... More
February 11, 2017|
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Response from E4307UHstephanieg | Reviewed this property |
You can access the grounds at the distillery however and not the buildings without paying. If you have a ticket for the estate though this tour is included and well worth the visit. Yours run every 15-20 min throughout the... More
February 11, 2017|
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Response from Maralize | Reviewed this property |
Yes that's what we did.