George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon
George Washington operated one of the largest whiskey distilleries in early America, producing 11,000 gallons in 1799. Today his Mount Vernon estate produces his whiskey in a faithfully-reconstructed distillery built in 2007.
George Washington’s Distillery is the only distillery in the nation to demonstrate the process of whiskey making as it was carried out in 18th-century America. Together with Mount Vernon’s farm site, gristmill and education center, the Distillery teaches visitors about Washington’s entrepreneurial spirit and his innovative approach to making whiskey.
- Group Tours
- Private Events
Mount Vernon, Virginia 22121
Visit fully functioning reconstructions of George Washington’s Distillery, located 2.7 miles from Mount Vernon estate’s main entrance. Watch the mighty gears turning and the stones grinding at the Gristmill, where Washington produced flour and cornmeal. Within the functioning distillery, you can see where George Washington’s whiskey is made. Open to the public daily from April through October. Purchase admission online prior to your visit.
Our Distillery in the News
- February 17, 2020CHOWHOUND: Drinking History: George Washington’s Whiskey Distillery at Mount Vernon
- February 20, 2017FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE: George Washington, Whiskey Tycoon
- February 12, 2016NEW YORK TIMES: George Washington, the Whiskey Baron of Mount Vernon
- March 27, 2013WASHINGTON POST: Making whiskey at George Washington’s distillery
- April 4, 2012FORBES: George Washington's New Whiskey: Founding Father Of American Distilling Is Back!