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“Welcome to George's mother's home.”

Mary Washington House
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 21, 2013

This is the actual home that Mary Washington selected and her son lovingly purchased it for her. George moved his mother from the Washington Farm across the Rappahannock River into the town as the king and the colonies were not getting along very well. George wanted his mother to be safe and here, his brother Charles and sister Betty could keep on eye on her. The window to the left in this picture is the room where George rec'd his mother's final blessing just prior to traveling to NY City to be inaugurated as our First President of the United States under the Constitution. Mary would live out the remaining of her 17 years here and die in 1789 at the age of 81. She is buried just a few blocks within walking distance from here. Her son, Charles, and daughter, Betty, lived a few blocks from this quaint cottage and their homes still stand today as well and are open for tours. Kenmore and The Rising Sun Tavern. .

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Reviewed December 27, 2012

Nice place to visit, interesting history about a special family and history from that era. I know the Gingerbread there is worth the visit and the rest of downtown Fredericksburg will add to the experience and make it a special day to just hang out learn some history and enjoy a beautiful town.

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Reviewed November 14, 2012

Of all of the Fredericksburg attractions, I love Mary Washington's house. It's just a small townhouse with a garden but visiting here brings history to life. You can stand in the house and see the vibrant paint color in the living room and appreciate that George bought the best for his mom to keep her happy (as vibrant toned paints were costly then). It was fun to see some of the dishes and other articles that she would have used. And it was interesting to contemplate General LaFayette visiting her in her garden.

Thank j p
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Reviewed October 29, 2012

I went into it thinking this one had to be a simple tourist trap. It is a simple home, but the docents are so knowledgable and there is so much more to the location's history than I would have expected. I definitely came out of this home with a lot more insights into early American history.

1  Thank gianessa
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

George Washington wanted his mother in town as she got older, and this home was perfect for her, I'd think. There were small, cozy rooms, yet very neat and well kept. The architecture was obvious for the time period, and the garden was small, but excellent. She could walk through her garden to access Kenmore Plantation, her daughter's home. Now the city is built up, so she would have lawns to travel through, but back then they were very near to each other's back lawns. Guides were very good, and a thoroughly good visit.

2  Thank Max W
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