Mary Washington House

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Mary Washington House
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Historic Sites • History Museums
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Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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In 1772, George Washington purchased a house in Fredericksburg, Virginia for his mother, Mary Ball Washington. She spent her last seventeen years in this comfortable home. The white frame house sites on the corner of Charles and Lewis Streets and was within walking distance of Kenmore, the home of Mary's daughter, Betty Washington Lewis. Tradition has it that, during the Revolution, General Lafayette found Mrs. Washington in her garden. As the President-to-be, George Washington came to this home to receive his mother's blessing before attending his inauguration in 1789.
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,113 contributions
May 2021
This tour is included on the Day Pass. Mary Ball Washington was a strong and resilient woman, a single mother who struggled to raised five children on her own and keep the Gentry Status. Learn in detail about Mary here and at the Ferry Farm. In 1772, George Washington purchased this home for his mother. It was within walking distance of her daughter's house at Kenmore, that Mary spent the last 17 years of her life before dying of breast cancer. Sadly another stop that interior pictures not allowed. We can't remember everything we saw because no pictures to keep those wonderful memories alive. We won't forget our time spent with the docent that was dressed in period attire and had an incredible knowledge of history. Sadly can not recall her name, due to our 2 weeks of many tours. She was struggling with her asthma on this day. Keep her!!!
Written June 29, 2021
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William T
Culpeper, VA564 contributions
Aug 2021
You could say this was "the house that George built". When his mother was finally ready to leave his boyhood home - Ferry Farm - George built this house for his mother. It was so interesting to learn about this impressive woman.
Written August 25, 2021
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Rhonda D
5 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
We enjoyed visiting the Mary Washington House. It was so fascinating to go back in history to see how they lived in the 18th century. By contrast, it's a reminder of how easy we have it. Mary had to go out of her main house to an outside building that was the kitchen, and do all her cooking there. Seeing the authentic period pieces was quite interesting. Our tour guide, sorry I do not recall her name, was very knowledgeable, informing us of many facts and tidbits. If you're fortunate and a cat lover, you will have the pleasure of meeting the neighbor's cat Nemo, who accompanied us on the outdoor tour. The only thing I can say negatively is that it can get expensive for a family for a relatively short tour. Other than that, it's a nice little piece of history to see.
Written June 15, 2017
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Linda G
Cranford, NJ130 contributions
Aug 2013 • Solo
The two docents, Barbara and Grace, were the most wonderful guides I have ever met in all my years of visiting historical sites. They were not only knowledgable and informative, but fun, friendly, charming, helpful, and just a delight. They knew a great deal about this location and the other sites in the area. I cannot praise these two women enough!!

As for the site, this is a charming home just a few blocks from Kenmore - worth the trip. There is a guided tour of 3 rooms and a self-guided tour of the second floor, kitchen, and lovely gardens.
Written August 21, 2013
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Mahina2
Annapolis, MD13 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
As with the Rising Sun Tavern, Mary Washington House guides are so informative and engaging. A beautiful little home with some of Mrs. W's possession, and period pieces, but mostly great stories. And, as our docent said there is no doubt George Washington slept here.
Written June 15, 2013
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laylamonroe35
South Carolina152 contributions
Apr 2013 • Family
The house was nicely decorated in period items, and the tour guides tell you which items actually belonged to Ms. Washington. The guides were very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the tour very much. There was plenty of free parking along the street and the tour was very reasonably priced.
Written April 5, 2013
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ynnej
SLC, UT54 contributions
Oct 2010
I first visited this historic home as a child, and came back with my own daughter for a visit. The guides were very accommodating and helpful and tried to make things interesting for my small daughter. Beautiful gardens, and you can walk to Kenmore along the route that Mary herself would have taken to visit her daughter there. The gift shop was pretty good, too. Worth a visit.
Written April 6, 2011
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bassbum
Cincinnati, OH6,441 contributions
Oct 2016 • Family
When Mama Mary wasn't able to continue running the farm, George moved her into this modest by today's standards but opulent by the standards of her day house on Marye's Heights above Fredericksburg. Here she lived out her life around the corner from her daughter Betty Fielding, mistress of Kenmore Plantation.
Although of little interest to kids, the tour by friendly and knowledgably docents is superb and gives a clearer look at the prestigious position held by George and his family prior to the Revolution. Since we were the only visitors at the time, the tour was basically a private walk through the house. This provided the opportunity to move at our own speed and ask a plethora of questions deftly handled by a knowledgeable docent.
Everyone needs to visit Mary's house at least once. The cost is modest and the surroundings superb.
Written December 17, 2016
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BearTraveler69
Santiago, Chile312 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
George Washington bought this home for his mother to spend the last 17 years of her life. The house itself is interesting despite the fact that there are only 4-5 rooms to see over two floors. It gives a good insight into life for those with a bit of money during the Revolutionary War period. There is also a small garden out back and the kitchen is open for viewing. Probably of most interest is the detail provided by the guides on Mary's entire life and in particular her fortitude after her husband died, when she raised 5 children and ran Ferry Farm on her own. It gives you a real appreciation not only for this woman who survived 81 years but the kind of person who raised George Washington and imbued him with his leadership and strength.
Written June 3, 2016
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,127 contributions
Jul 2013 • Friends
Ever have to wait for your tour to start and really have no interest in all the posted information... Well you don't have to worry about that at Mary Washington's House. You rarely see this and it was such a blessing. My friend and I were able to join on at the end of a tour and then start a new tour almost immediately. The two guides were very knowledgeable and tried their best to answer any questions that may arise. They kept the tour moving and were very friendly. The house was very well maintained and they made sure to point out the few family pieces that they have retained. This place is just a short walk from Kenmore and historic downtown Fredericksburg. So make the time for this little gem....
Written July 13, 2013
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