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Kenmore Plantation and Gardens

1201 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: Mid-Georgian manor house that has special activities for children.
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We arrived on a rainy Sunday. We were the only ones there and got a private tour from the docent. She was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and let us take our time. The house is breathtaking with all the detail and the fact that it survives at all is a miracle. The have done a beautiful job keeping it in the... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

It was sleeting outside the day we went but touring the downstairs of this house was very interesting. The restoration work as explained is very complete down to finding the original colors used for the walls and having special rag wall paper produced.

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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Yet another home filled with history in downtown Fredericksburg. The home has quite a story and was owned by Betty Washington Lewis and her husband Col Fielding Lewis. Here the story of the home before, during and after the civil war. The embellished mansions plasterwork ceilings are just beautiful. This home was also on our list which we found on... More

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74 reviews 74 reviews
31 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We visited Kenmore after being at Ferry Farm and Chatham Manor earlier in the day. The house and grounds are beautiful, easy to get to. The plastered ceilings are amazing - like nothing I've seen outside of Europe. Our guide was very informative - only downside was that he was perhaps a little TOO informative. The tour of the four... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

A very nice vistor center with lots of portraits and other items. The house interior is a must see, pictures do not do it justice.

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Arlington, Virginia
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Three girlfriends and I did the Ferry Farm and Kenmore Plantation combination. The Kenmore visitors center was very nicely done and had interesting displays about the house and the efforts to save the house in the 1920s. The tour of the house was excellent, 45 minutes long, and the docent was very good. It was amazing to see and hear... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
18 attraction reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We did a day trip to Fredericksburg today to visit the Mary Washington House and Ferry Farm, the boyhood home of George Washington. When we stopped at the Fredericksburg Visitor's Center for directions and information on tickets, we learned from the very knowledgeable staffer about the Kenmore Plantation which sounded like a place we would very much enjoy visiting too---and... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

A friend and I visited Kenmore yesterday and we had an enjoyable time. Our docent Linda was very knowledgeable regarding the family history as well as the home's architecture and furnishings and the day to day living and expectations of the gentry. The rooms are well kept and of course, the plaster ceilings are amazing. We asked about the second... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
13 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Hadn't planned to visit Kenmore, but am so glad I did. Not hard to find, although it is somewhat off the beaten path. By accident, my GPS routed me to this location thinking it was the park headquarters for the Civil War battlefield. While Kenmore does have a park office, it is not the park headquarters. Don't let this prevent... More

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Cranford, New Jersey
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34 reviews 34 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I was told to skip Kenmore because it was ordinary and not impressive. It would have been a big mistake to have taken that advice. While waiting for the tour to begin, they have an impressive exhibit area that describes the history of the owners of the house (George Washington's sister and husband). This exhibit area has a special game... More

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