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Published: July 14th 2013
July 4, 2013
Since we didn’t get to Washington’s Grist Mill and Distillery yesterday we decided to do it first thing this morning. We were there by 9:45. Numerous other people were there too who were purchasing their Washington Whisky from the distillery. They had papers which had numbers on them from lottery drawing and they were called in by small groups to purchase their whiskey. I asked how much it was and the bottles started at $150.00. The lady in the shop said we could probably get one too since they might have some left but we didn’t take her up on it (I’m loyal to my Makers Mark). It must be good stuff though! We took the tour (didn’t have to pay because it was included in our ticket yesterday at Mt. Vernon, we just had to show them our receipt from Mt. Vernon. The tours of the grist mill and distillery were very good and it was so interesting. It was given by young people who were dressed in authentic clothing. The distillery actually makes the whiskey just like it was done in the 1700’s and sells it. After we left there we went to the Frank
Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey house located a short distance from the Grist mill. This house is a 1200 square foot home designed by Wright. It was quite a bit different than Falling Water in that it was so much smaller.
We also went to the Woodlawn House which is also located on the same property. The Woodlawn house is the home of Nelly (Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Eleanor Parke Custis) and Lawrence Lewis, who was George Washington’s nephew. When they married they were given this Georgian/Federal house as a gift. The tour was very good and we came on the month that a group of schools did a “made in USA” project whereby they decorated each room in modern day designs using some of the pieces from the estate. It was very well done. It was a melding of the old with some modern day touches.
This evening we stayed in Middletown which is SE of Harrisburg. Our hotel was the Best western and it was located within walking distance of wendy’s and a taco bell. I didn’t see anything else near it and it’s located right off the turnpike. There is a cemetery across the street I I walked
it a couple times in the evening and then again the next morning.
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