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Alexandria, Virginia

Obscura Society DC: Taste George Washington’s Whiskey

Join us for history and whiskey at George Washington’s distillery and gristmill at Mount Vernon

In addition to being a war hero and the father of our country, George Washington was one of the nation’s largest whiskey distillers. Located about three miles west of his mansion, Washington’s commercial distillery opened in 1798 and, in the following year, produced nearly 11,000 gallons of whiskey!

Join Obscura Society DC as we spend an evening learning about this unique (and profitable) aspect of George Washington’s life. Our one-of-a-kind, intimate tour includes the opportunity to taste rye whiskey made from the general’s own recipe in Mount Vernon’s reconstructed distillery.

Our adventure will begin with a guided tour of Mount Vernon’s gristmill. Watch the gears turn, and feel the power of the innovative mill that still grinds the grains used in the estate’s whiskey production. After our tour of the gristmill, we will participate in a unique whiskey tasting that highlights the history of the American distilling industry.

Next, we will move to Washington’s distillery! Here, Mount Vernon’s experts will discuss the science and technology of 18th-century distilling. You will learn more about the methods they still use to handcraft a variety of spirits before tasting the fruits of their labor! We will sample additional kinds of whiskey produced at Mount Vernon from recipes in use since George Washington’s era.

Notes for this adventure:

- All adventurers must be 21 years old or older and have valid, government-issued ID.

- Ticket does not include admission to Mount Vernon’s main grounds. If you wish to visit the mansion and grounds before the evening event, you must purchase a day pass to Mount Vernon.

- This location is not easily accessible via public transportation. We strongly suggest driving or taking a cab, Uber, or Lyft.

- Free parking is available at the distillery.

- Share photos with us on Twitter and Instagram with us @AtlasObscura and @MountVernon and using the tag #ObscuraSociety

All ticket sales are final.  Please direct any questions or concerns to Ashley at ashley.bowen-murphy@atlasobscura.com.