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Near River Village in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799

 
 
George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2019
1. George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 Marker
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1. Miller's Cottage, Kitchen, Garden and Orchard
Constructed 1770-1771. From 1770 to 1799, George Washington employed several millers who lived in this cottage.

2. Gristmill
Constructed 1770-1771. The mill had two sets of millstones and an interior waterwheel. In 1791, George Washington installed a patented automated milling system by Oliver Evans.

3. Cooperage
Construct ca. 1770-1771. Barrels for flour, and later for whiskey, were manufactured here.

4. Malt House
Constructed 1798. Malted barley was a key ingredient in Washington's whiskey. The malting process was conducted here.

5. Distillery
Constructed 1797-1798. After initial success in distilling on a smaller scale, Washington built this large whiskey distillery containing five stills.

6. Hog and Cattle Sheds
Constructed 1798. The slops left over from the fermentation process in the distillery provided excellent feed for hogs and cattle.

7. Wharf
Constructed 1770-1771. Finished flour from the gristmill, and whiskey from the distillery
George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 11, 2019
2. George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 Marker
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were transported by vessels to the nearby town of Alexandria, Virginia and beyond.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureColonial EraIndustry & CommerceWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1770.
 
Location. 38° 42.793′ N, 77° 7.799′ W. Marker is near River Village, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Virginia Route 235) 0.1 miles south of Grist Mill Woods Way, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Alexandria VA 22309, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill at Mount Vernon (within shouting distance of this marker); Doeg Indians (within shouting distance of this marker); George Washington's Gristmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodlawn (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodlawn Cultural Landscape Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodlawn Historic Landscapes (approx. 0.3 miles away); Necessary (approx. half a mile away); Dairy (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in River Village.
 
George Washington's Distillery image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, May 5, 2007
3. George Washington's Distillery
George Washington's Distillery Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By Roger Dean Meyer, May 5, 2007
4. George Washington's Distillery Cornerstone
George Washington’s whiskey distillery was constructed between October 1797 and February 1798. This cornerstone for the recreated distillery was salvaged from the original United States Capitol and is the same Virginia sandstone that was used in the construction of the distillery. George Washington dedicated the Capitol on September 18, 1793. This cornerstone ws laid on September 28, 2005.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   3, 4. submitted on March 21, 2020, by Roger Dean Meyer of Yankton, South Dakota.

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