OUR MISSION is to advance scholarly research of colonial-era distillation while offering visitors immersive and educational experiences surrounding the practice, use, and origins of distillation from the American Colonial to Revolutionary era (1584-1797). Our focus reaches beyond spirits to all parts of distillation to include science, medicine, perfume, and also extends to fermented drinks like beer, wine, and mead.
There has been a serious oversight in scholarship when it comes to the field of colonial distillation, which is surprising given that the majority of European settler survived on either fermented or distilled drinks in the Americas. We seek to understand this vibrant area of history, paying close attention to the stories of marginalized communities in order to shed light on the experiences of all people in the realm of distillation through online exhibitions and in-person experiences.
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- 2014Eight Shires Coloniale Distillery is Established in Williamsburg, Virginia
- SPIRITS Foundation is Formed and Awarded 501c3 Status2017
- 2023SPIRITS Museum is Launched Virtually with the Exhibition "Birth of an Industry: Distilling Spirits in Early Colonial America"
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