Friday, June 22, 2007
A Visit to Washington's Still
On a business trip to the Washington, D.C., area this week I took an hour to go to Mount Vernon and visit the site of George Washington's Distillery. If you fly through Reagan National Airport, you can reach the location in about 20 minutes by heading down the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
The Father of Our Country was also the largest distiller in the nation at the time of his death in 1799. The distillery, located about three miles south of his Mount Vernon estate, was recently reconstructed thanks to drinks industry donations. Washington had five stills operating in the building, located on the grounds of his grist mill. Rye whiskey using Washington's original recipe has been produced on site.
It is a fun and informative trip back in history to get an idea of Washington the entrepreneur. During the visit you quickly get the idea that had he lived another five to 10 years he would have been the head of a significant whiskey operation.