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MOUNT VERNON, VA – Spend Father’s Day with the Father of the Country! “General Washington” greets visitors and poses for photographs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Father’s Day weekend, June 17-18. Admission to Mount Vernon is $20 for adults and $10 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill site is included in this admission fee. Mount Vernon offers unique gifts for the history loving father in your life: www.mountvernon.org/fathersdaygifts.
Celebrate Dad with a special meal at the Mount Vernon Inn! On June 18, relax in the Mount Vernon Inn’s sunken garden and enjoy a variety of barbecued items including: beef ribs, Italian sausage, roasted pig, and other items. The Mount Vernon Inn’s Father’s Day Brunch is not included in admission and will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reservations are accepted; please contact 703.780.0011. For more information, please visit MountVernon.org/Inn.
At the Distillery, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in this reconstructed 18th-century distillery. Visitors see costumed distillers operating copper stills, stirring mash tubs, and managing the boiler as they demonstrate 18th-century distilling.
A 16-foot waterwheel powers the giant gears and millstones of Washington's remarkable Gristmill that includes the only operating Oliver Evans Automated Milling System in America. The Evans system won U.S. Patent No. 3 and helped to make the gristmill at Mount Vernon a commercial success. Demonstrations of the mill are given by millers in early-American attire. Bags of cornmeal are milled on site and available for purchase. The Distillery and Gristmill site is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 31.