The historic Mount Vernon Estate is home to not just the Mount Vernon Mansion, but also several colonial-era buildings, beautiful gardens, and a working gristmill and distillery.
In 1797, George Washington’s gristmill would produce 5000-8000 pounds of flour and cornmeal a day, while the distillery 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America at the time. Around 1850, these structures were destroyed and reconstructed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association.
The gristmill, distillery, and gift shop are open to the public from April through October. They are located 2.7 miles from the estate’s main entrance on Virginia Route 235. Tickets to tour the two sites are available at Mount Vernon and the gristmill’s gift shop.
You can visit the fully-functional distillery and gristmill and watch how the United States’ first president used to make his flour and whiskey. The distillery still produces small-batch George Washington whiskeys on-site. Public transportation between Mount Vernon and the gristmill is available.