How Did George Washington Make Whiskey?
Steve Bashore from Mount Vernon walks us, step by step, through the process of making of whiskey, as…
In 1799, George Washington's distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons, making it one of the largest whiskey distilleries in America.
Today, a faithfully reconstructed working distillery produces small batch spirits on site and is open to visitors.
We are proud to be featured on the American Whiskey Trail, an educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America.
You can now see the main floor of George Washington's Distillery® via our Mount Vernon Virtual Tour.
Learn more about George Washington's Mount Vernon distillery and the 18th century process used to make whiskey.
Washington's distilling operation was one of the most profitable enterprises at Mount Vernon.
Enslaved distillers Hanson, Peter, Nat, Daniel, James, and Timothy performed the hot and tiring work of making whiskey.
Learn more about the production of whiskey at George Washington’s Distillery® at Mount Vernon – one of the largest distillery in America at its time.
Farm Manager James Anderson convinced George Washington about the merits of creating a distillery on his Mount Vernon plantation.
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®.
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.