Guest Column: Like Washington's Mount Vernon In 1797, N.C. Is Now Primed For Distillery Growth


February 28, 2019

Father of his nation. Our first president. The new Cincinnatus. First in whiskey. President’s Day started out to celebrate the man behind those titles, George Washington, on his birthday, Feb. 22.

Wait — first in whiskey? Yes. When Washington said farewell to the presidency in 1797, he hired a Scottish immigrant named James Anderson to manage his Mount Vernon estate. Anderson saw a gristmill, plenty of water, rye being used as a cover crop, and one wide-open business opportunity. Washington listened, and by the turn of the 19th century, Washington’s Mount Vernon distillery had quickl...

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