Talk to Discuss George Washington’s Distillery
The reconstruction of George Washington's whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon is the topic of Wednesday's talk. -- Photo courtesy of George Washington's Mount Vernon.
LEXINGTON, Va., Oct. 29, 2012 – The associate director of George Washington’s Mount Vernon will discuss the founding father’s connection with another founding in a talk Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Virginia Military Institute.
“George Washington and the Beginning of the American Whiskey Industry” is the title of the talk, to be given by Dr. Dennis Pogue in the Nichols Engineering Building auditorium at 7:45 p.m.
Pogue was the director of a recent major project to reconstruct, based on archaeological and documentary evidence, Washington’s whiskey distillery, one of the largest in the nation in the late 1790s. An archeologist by training, he came to Mount Vernon more than 20 years ago to be its chief archeologist and now oversees the maintenance and ongoing restoration of its historic buildings.
The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, is sponsored by the VMI Department of History with assistance from the Dean’s Academic Speakers program.