Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Meet the Founding Father on Father's Day

From our friends at Mount Vernon...

Special Father’s Day Barbecue at the Mount Vernon Inn

Spend Father’s Day with the Father of the Country! “General Washington” greets visitors and poses for photographs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-15. Listen to “General Washington” as he discusses his role as husband, stepfather, and Father of Our Country at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. in the program “Father to the First Family.” Admission to Mount Vernon is $18 for adults and $9 for children. Children under 5 are admitted free. George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill site is included in this admission fee.

Celebrate Dad with a special meal at the Mount Vernon Inn! On June 15, relax in the Mount Vernon Inn’s sunken garden and enjoy a variety of barbecued items including: beef ribs, Italian sausage, roasted pig, and other items. The Mount Vernon Inn’s Father’s Day Barbecue will be available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Adults: $30, children (6-11): $15, and children ages five and under dine free. Tax and gratuity are not included. Reservations are accepted; please contact 703.780.0011. For more information, please visit MountVernon.org/Inn.

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At the Distillery, demonstrations by costumed distillers take visitors through the historic process of whiskey-making in this reconstructed 18th-century distillery. Visitors see costumed distillers operating copper stills, stirring mash tubs, and managing the boiler as they demonstrate 18th-century distilling.

A 16-foot waterwheel powers the giant gears and millstones of Washington's remarkable Gristmill that includes the only operating Oliver Evans Automated Milling System in America. The Evans system won U.S. Patent No. 3 and helped to make the gristmill at Mount Vernon a commercial success. Demonstrations of the mill are given by millers in early-American attire. Bags of cornmeal are milled on site and available for purchase. The Distillery and Gristmill site is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily through October 31.