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George Washington's Distillery®

In 1799, George Washington's distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America.

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Today, a faithfully reconstructed working distillery produces small batch spirits on-site and is open to visitors on weekends in April - October.

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Buy George Washington's Whiskey

Distilled spirits produced at Mount Vernon are available for purchase at the distillery, at the Shops at Mount Vernon and online.

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Distillery Virtual Tour

You can now see the main floor of George Washington's Distillery® via our Mount Vernon Virtual Tour.  

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Making Whiskey at George Washington's Distillery®

Making Whiskey at George Washington's Distillery®

Learn more about George Washington's Mount Vernon distillery and the 18th-century process used to make whiskey.

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The original recipe for Washington’s whiskey was discovered by researchers examining the Distillery ledgers from 1798 and 1799. His whiskey consisted of 60% rye, 35% corn, and 5% malted barley.


Ten Facts About George Washington's Distillery®

Washington's distilling operation was one of the most profitable enterprises at Mount Vernon.

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Archaeology at The Distillery

Mount Vernon began a long-term program of archaeological and documentary research in 1999 with the ultimate goal of reconstructing and interpreting George Washington's Distillery®.

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A History of Whiskey Production

Learn more about the production of whiskey at George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon—one of the largest distilleries in America at its time.

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Enslaved distillers Hanson, Peter, Nat, Daniel, James, and Timothy performed the hot and tiring work of making whiskey.

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James Anderson, Washington's Distiller

Farm Manager James Anderson persuaded George Washington to build a distillery on his Mount Vernon plantation.

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Explore the Distillery

Take a look into George Washington's Distillery® through our Virtual Tour

The reconstruction of George Washington's Distillery® was made possible through the generosity of The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and their member companies.

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American Whiskey Trail

We are proud to be featured on the American Whiskey Trail, an educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America.