Mount Vernon is more than just a large estate
Washington expanded his family estate, Mount Vernon, from 2,000 acres to a whopping 8,000 acres. The property included five separate farms, which grew a variety of crops, including wheat and corn. Managers bred mules, and maintained fruit orchards and a fishery. The vegetable garden itself could feed a family of 14; a necessity, as the President frequently hosted more than 600 guests a year. (You won’t believe what the title “Mr. President” almost was.)
Washington was in the whiskey business
In 1797, one of Washington’s estate managers suggested she open a whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon. Washington agreed, and by the time of his death in 1799, the distillery produced nearly 11,000 gallons of whiskey a year, making it the largest producer in America at the time. The distillery still churns out a limited number of bottles each year using its original recipe.