Intact Cherry Bottles Found At George Washington’s Home

April 23, 2024

There are whole, recognizable cherries. It actually smelled like cherry blossoms when we got to the bottom.

Mount Vernon’s principal archaeologist, Jason Boroughs, discussing the discovery of two intact bottles of cherries at George Washington’s home. The bottles are believed to have been buried around 250 years ago, sometime around the Revolutionary War.

Why It Matters: It is uncommon for archeologists to find entire bottles when digging, as most appear in fragments. Nonetheless, archeologists found the intact bottles with cherries inside in what is believed to be an old storeroom at the United States’ first president’s Virginia home, Mount Vernon. The bottles themselves were imported from England and date back to the mid-1700s, assumed to be buried between 1758 and 1776. Boroughs described the discovery as “a time capsule.”

The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association notes that Cherry Bounce, a brand-based drink popular in the eighteenth century was one of George Washington’s favorites – HERE’s a recipe. The Washington family may have also enjoyed cherry pie – HERE’s a recipe from a culinary historian! Check out more recipes the family may have eaten HERE.

Did You Know? The popular childhood story about George Washington cutting down the cherry tree is a myth popularized by one of his first biographers.

Read More: Centuries-old bottles of cherries unearthed at George Washington’s home (The Washington Post)

Photo Credit: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas