For Immediate Release
March 28, 2012
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Melissa Wood (703) 799-5203
Mount Vernon, VA - Mount Vernon opens its doors for an inaugural evening event at George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill site on August 3. During this exclusive new event, Gentleman Distiller: Dinner and Whiskey Tasting, learn more about Washington’s role as “Distiller-in-Chief.” The Gentleman Distiller: Dinner and Whiskey Tasting event begins with a reception at the Distillery & Gristmill, where visitors watch as costumed distillers operate five copper stills, stirring mash tubs, and managing the boiler as they demonstrate 18th-century distilling. The two-story distillery also features a storage cellar with barrels, an office, and two bedrooms where the site manager and assistant would have lived. The event continues at the Estate with a brief lecture by Mount Vernon’s resident whiskey expert, Dr. Dennis Pogue, followed by a whiskey tasting and seated dinner at the Mount Vernon Inn. Tickets are $150 per person, including tax and gratuity, and go on sale June 1 at 10 a.m. at the Ford Orientation Center, or online at MountVernon.org.
Since 1860, over 80 million visitors have made George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens the most popular historic home in America. Through thought-provoking tours, entertaining events, and stimulating educational programs on the Estate and in classrooms across the nation, Mount Vernon strives to preserve George Washington’s place in history as “First in War, First in Peace, and First in the Hearts of His Countrymen.” Mount Vernon is owned and operated by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, America’s oldest national preservation organization, founded in 1853. A picturesque drive to the southern end of the scenic George Washington Memorial Parkway, Mount Vernon is located just 16 miles from the nation’s capital.
Hours of operation: April-August, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March, September, October, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November – February, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular admission rates: adults, $15.00; senior citizens, $14.00; children age 6-11, when accompanied by an adult, $7.00; and children under age 5, FREE. Admission fees, restaurant and retail proceeds, along with private donations, support the operation and restoration of Mount Vernon.