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Kenmore Plantation and Gardens

1201 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Description: Mid-Georgian manor house that has special activities for children.
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Little Gaddesden
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Kenmore was the home of George Washington's sister, Betty, and what a home it was. Her husband, the hugely wealthy Fielding Lewis, built it as a 'How rich am I' statement, and it provides a fascinating insight into how good the colonial life was for those with lots of money. Don't miss it.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I enjoyed the entire tour---our guide was very informative and answered all of our questions! We all took turns taking cell phone photos for each other on the various sides of the house!

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Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
91 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

House tour is now limited to the first floor and the kitchen out-building, plus the museum. Still worth the price of admission. Best stucco ceilings you will probably every see. More original furniture now than on our last visit. For return visitors, rooms have been re-purposed from years ago. Bedrooms are moved and ballroom is now a dining room. No... More

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Levels, wv
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

While my husband is taking DOD class I took the week off to come with him to tour historical Fredericksburg. While looking at the "things to do" Kenmore house was highly recommended. Please I implore you, save your money and do not take the tour. I was the only one on the tour and my tour guide was clueless. While... More

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Pittsburgh PA
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94 reviews 94 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I are recent empty nesters. We had always done the history vacations with our kids. Sometimes some of these tours and museums are not geared toward kids. While we did not actually see children during our tour, it is evident that they do have things geared to children. Kenmore was the home to G. Washington's sister. It... More

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Okemos, Michigan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was our last stop on our historic tour and worth the stop. The house was breathtaking and our tour guide was quite knowledgeable and welcomed questions.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Virginia is not deficient in historic houses. Kenmore reigns supreme and the incredible plaster ceilings along are work a visit. They were created by an unknown artist known only as, "Stucco Man," who also did the dining room at Mt. Vernon. Kenmore became America's first house museum back in the 1920s. The recent restoration is magnificent. I try to visit... More

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Tigard, Oregon
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309 reviews 309 reviews
34 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Kenmore was owned by Washington's sister and her husband. As a supplier to the Revolutionary War effort, Fielding Lewis sacrificed his fortune and his widow was forced to sell the house upon his death. The plaster moldings in the ceilings and over the fireplace are amazing and very ornate. The guided tour of the grounds and gardens were very interesting.... More

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Lake City, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Beautiful grounds and visitors center for the Kenmore Plantation. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly about all things Kenmore. It's interesting to see the plantation as it's in the process of being updated with furniture from that era. Also, take the time to walk the streets of Fredericksburg as it's like walking back in history!

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Fleming Island, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The house and the property are gorgeous! The house has a lot of history and it was well worth the visit.

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