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Mary Washington House, Fredericksburg

#8 of 18 in Historic Sites in Fredericksburg
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
In 1772, George Washington purchased a house from Michael Robinson in Fredericksburg, Virginia for his mother. Mary Ball Washington spent her last seventeen years in this comfortable home. The white frame house sits on the corner of Charles and Lewis Streets and was in walking distance to Kenmore, home of Mary's daughter Betty Fielding Lewis.
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  • George Wahington built the original house in Fredericksburg for his mother and she lived in it from 1772 until her death in 1789. Docents were in period dress and were both knowledgeable and...  more »
  • Very original, a true historic landmark occupied by George Washingtons mother and visited by George. the docent was excellent.  more »
  • I’m not sure why people are saying the tour is short. In my opinion it was just the right length. The tour guides were very informative and knowledgeable. The first part of the tour involved sitting on the front porch and learning about Mary Washington’s background, which although it was hot out was very nice. I felt like I had been transported to the 1700s. The house was well preserved and included a lot of original artifacts, such as the mirror used by Mary and George Washington and a chest from the 1600s. The upstairs area also displayed the loft in which George Washington slept. Even though you can’t take pictures in the house, the gift shop sells postcards of each room. The gardens in the back were also very pretty and well kept. I definitely recommend going here
  • Loved the short, brief tour. It is a small house. We learned a lot. Very fascinating. Charming gift shop in the back, don't miss it!
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