George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill

After nearly a 200-year hiatus and a multi-million dollar  reconstruction, George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill are back  in business. Located at the original site, George Washington's  Gristmill™ highlights his visions for America's future as "granary to  the world;" while his distillery is the only site in North America that  demonstrates 18th-century distilling from seed to barrel.

Costumed interpreters bring George Washington’s Distillery &  Gristmill to life.  Enjoy guided tours of both fully functioning  reconstructions. Demonstrations of the operation of the gristmill are  offered daily. On special occasions the entire 4-story Oliver Evans  System is demonstrated.

At the distillery, interpreters discuss 18th-century  fermentation and distilling techniques and show how the boiler, mash  tubs, and copper pot stills function. On the second floor of the  distillery a short History Channel video, George Washington's Liquid Gold, is shown and an exhibit, Spirits of Independence: George Washington and the Beginnings of the American Whiskey Industry, highlights over 200 years of spirit-related history in America.

Open daily April through October, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


 Entrance to the site is included in admission to George Washington's Mount Vernon. Admission to the Gristmill & Distillery is also sold separately. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 6-11 and free for children 5 and under.