Mrs. Washington joins the crowd

Everybody is getting into the act. Even if they've been dead for a very long time.

Martha Washington's Colonial Rum will take its place alongside a whiskey created at the reconstructed George Washington distillery in Mount Vernon, VA.

The limited edition spirit, produced in 2005, will debut at Mount Vernon on Monday, Sept. 15. Commemorative bottles of the rum will be auctioned at a Sept. 24 event to benefit Mount Vernon’s educational programs.

The colonial-style rum, handcrafted by a group of master distillers from some of the nation's top distilleries, was fermented from black strap molasses imported from St. Croix and distilled in an 18th-century pot still over an open fire at the site of the George Washington Distillery. It has been aging on the grounds since then.

The distillery is located at 5513 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (State Route 235), three miles south of Mount Vernon’s main entrance.

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