Washington’s Grist Mill - Alexandria, VA
Posted by: LJParr
N 38° 42.784 W 077° 07.789
18S E 314823 N 4287089
Quick Description: Located three miles from Mount Vernon on Route 235.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 4/16/2012 5:39:28 PM
Waymark Code: WME83E
Right from Mount Vernon on State 235 to Washington’s Grist Mill, 11.8 M., a tall gable-roofed structure of rubble stone that is a reproduction on old foundations. It is equipped as a pre-Revolutionary mill. The white clapboard Miller’s Cottage is also a restoration. In 1760 George Washington said that the mill, build by Augustine Washington was ‘decayed and out of order.’ He then repaired it, did some rebuilding in 1770, and in 1795 reconstructed the millrace. Near the two mill ponds, vanished long ago, stood also the miller’s house, the distillery, the blacksmith’s shop and the cooper’s shop. George Washington asserted that his flour was ‘equal in quality to any made in this country.’ It was used at Mount Vernon, by the neighboring gentry, and was shipped to distant markets aboard Washington’s ‘schooners.’ On one of his frequent inspections tours to the mill, Washington caught the cold that resulted in his last illness.
From: Virginia - A Guide to the Old Dominion State, 1940 Pg 339 - 342.
Open daily to the public from March 31 - October 31, access to the restored grist mill and distillery is by paid admission.