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Thursday, September 29, 2005

George Washington: Moonshiner

The RTD reports that Mount Vernon is in the process of recreating the First President's distillery at its original location on his Virginia estate. The story goes on to say that "in 1799 -- just his third year of production -- Washington produced nearly 11,000 gallons of whiskey and turned a profit of $7,500, more than $100,000 in today's dollars."

While we can now put to rest the debate over Uncle Jesse's Presidential ancestry, there is no truth to the rumor that it was our founding father who was responsible for that first delicious batch of Franklin County Moonshine.


Anonymous Bwana said...

Ah...confirmation of the legitimacy of having a Mt. Vernon look alike structure on the label of Virginia Gentleman Bourbon!

12:12 PM


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