George Washington's Distillery Being Recreated
George Washington: First President of the U.S. and a Major Distiller
Everyone knows that George Washington is called the father of his
country. But few know that after his service as the first president
of the new republic, he became one of the new country's largest
Washington erected a 2,250 square foot distillery in 1797, making it
among the largest whiskey distilleries in early America. In 1799, the
former president produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey worth $7,500,
making him one of the most successful distillers. $7,500 was a very
large sum of money in 1799.
After Washington's death that year, the distillery fell into
disrepair and later burned to the ground.
Almost 200 years later a team of expert restoration architects,
carpenters, archaeologists and historians is taking on the
extraordinary challenge of authentically recreating George
Washington's distillery using 18th century building techniques and
historically appropriate materials.
Prior to the site's reconstruction, the team extensively researched
colonial-era agricultural and industrial sites in order to integrate
18th century distillery design with construction techniques of the
same period, according to restoration architect James Thompson.
"One of the biggest challenges was that this building is going to be
a working distillery," Thompson said. "We took the results from the
archaeology and projected upwards to reflect what was actually there
in the 18th century. As the project was developing, the ongoing
archaeological investigation at the distillery site was continually
informing us as to how the building worked."
MOUNT VERNON, Va. - After a nearly 200-year hiatus, George
Washington's still is bubbling again, churning out the same sort of
rye whiskey that made the Founding Father the nation's most
successful whiskey producer in the years after his presidency.
Washington's Mount Vernon estate on March 30 officially opened a $2.1
million reconstruction of Washington's original distillery on the
exact site where it was located in 1799, a few miles down the road
from his famous mansion overlooking the Potomac River.
Mount Vernon officials hope the distillery will illustrate
Washington's prowess as an entrepreneur. The estate also won special
legislation this year from the Virginia General Assembly to sell
limited quantities of the whiskey up to 5,000 gallons a year to
give estate visitors a taste of alcohol history.
WAY TO GO GOOD OL' VIRGINI LOL....
Vino es Veritas,