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There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!
Posted by: laura discord ()
Date: March 01, 2008 06:08PM

Seen what's up on wikipedia for Reston lately?

"...His sons did not share his vision, and sold the land to A. Smith Bowman, who built a bourbon distillery on the site while maintaining a farm on most of the area (a 7300 acre tract). An office retail development and a road are named for him. In 1961, Robert E. Simon bought most of the land, except for 60 acres on which the Bowman distillery continued to operate until 1987..."

The attached picture is captioned "A now abandoned whiskey distillery, long operated by the Bowman family" and is dated 2006.

Hot damn; I didn't know we had an abandoned distillery and I'd definitely like to know where it is. Can I roam around in it?

Anyone?

... And while we're on the subject, do you know of anymore abandoned buildings close by?



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Re: There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!
Posted by: . ()
Date: March 01, 2008 06:27PM

Wow, you must be really young or a recent arrival not to remember this. "Virginia Gentleman" whiskey used to be made here. It's off of the W&OD trail near Old Reston Avenue and Sunset Hills Rd. There is a 7-11 in the area as well.

Most of the old distillery is now gone. I don't think you are allowed to roam around in the remaining building.

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Re: There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!
Posted by: Shaggy ()
Date: March 01, 2008 07:49PM

"There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!"

They say the ghost of old man Bowman still haunts these parts! Zoiks!!

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Re: There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!
Posted by: Space Ghost ()
Date: March 01, 2008 09:44PM

There's also an old train station from the W&OD railroad right by the distillery. It's across the road from the distillery, next to the 7-11.

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Re: There's an abandoned bourbon distillery in Reston!
Posted by: Thewifesofreston ()
Date: March 02, 2008 09:16AM

There are also a bunch of dried up old skags that drive Mercedes up and down the Reston Towne Centre lookng for young man meat.

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