George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799

George Washington's Distillery and Gristmill in 1799 (HM2LR8)

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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 were transported by vessels to the nearby town of Alexandria, Virginia and beyond.
HM NumberHM2LR8
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Date Added Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees0.00000000, 0.00000000
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