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Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

George Washington's Gristmill

 
 
George Washington's Gristmill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 20, 2010
1. George Washington's Gristmill Marker
Inscription. In 1771, George Washington replaced a deteriorated gristmill that his father, Augustine, may have erected as early as the 1730s. The new mil ground grain from Mount Vernon and neighboring farms, and was outfitted with two pairs of millstones. In 1791, Washington installed improvements that had been recently developed and patented by Oliver Evans, of Delaware. Other structures at the site included a stone whiskey distillery, a malthouse, a cooperage, a miller's cottage, and slave quarters. Washington's mill was razed around 1850, and in 1933 the Commonwealth of Virginia built a reconstruction on the original site.
 
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E 73.)
 
Location. 38° 42.788′ N, 77° 7.837′ W. Marker is in Mount Vernon, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (State Highway 235), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located across the road from the George Washington Gristmill and Distillery Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5350 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Woodlawn (here, next to this marker); Doeg Indians
George Washington's Gristmill &Distillery Informational Sign image. Click for full size.
By Heather Renz, July 13, 2010
2. George Washington's Gristmill &Distillery Informational Sign
(here, next to this marker); Belvoir (approx. 0.7 miles away); Fort Belvoir (approx. 0.7 miles away); Non Commissioned Officers’ Service Club (approx. 1.7 miles away); ‘Thermo-Con’ House (approx. 1.9 miles away); Original Mount Vernon High School (approx. 2 miles away); The Old Vault (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mount Vernon.
 
Categories. Industry & Commerce
 
Markers at the Washington Grist Mill Site image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain
3. Markers at the Washington Grist Mill Site
Reconstructed Grist Mill image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 20, 2010
4. Reconstructed Grist Mill
Millstones and Wheel image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 20, 2010
5. Millstones and Wheel
The grist mill is fully functional. During tours of the mill, guides explain each component of the process of milling grain.
Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 20, 2010
6. Distillery
Still image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, June 20, 2010
7. Still
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 561 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Heather Renz of Redmond, Oregon.   3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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