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Mary Washington House

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Address: 1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number:
(540) 373-5630
12:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

In 1772, George Washington purchased a house in Fredericksburg, Virginia...

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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Small but interesting

This is a small house but worth a visit. About 4 rooms to see and outside gardens. The fact that it was occupied by George Washington's mother makes it special. If you plan on... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small house but worth a visit. About 4 rooms to see and outside gardens. The fact that it was occupied by George Washington's mother makes it special. If you plan on seeing several of the historic sites in Fredericksburg, be sure to make your first stop the Visitors Center on Caroline Street where you can buy a... More 

Thank Ricmar60
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great tour if you are interested in history and want to learn something new. The tour guides are in period costume and give a nice tour while answering questions. Mary Washington was actually an extraordinary woman for her times, and after becoming a widow raised 5 children on her own without remarrying so the children could get... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A costumed guide led a tour of the lower floor. She was very informative about Mary Washington and the house. What makes the place special was that it was t home of Washington's mother. It is small.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was part of the walking tour so I went in. The staff was very friendly. They gave great details about the home. The garden is nice too.

Thank JohnBCowgill
Woodbridge, Virginia
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

The Mary Washington House is small but interesting. Unfortunately none of the outbuildings are open to the public. This is a nice example of 18th century in town living.

Thank Charlie S
cincinnati, ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 281 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2016

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... More 

2 Thank bassbum
Winston Salem, North Carolina
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Reviewed 2 November 2016

This was a beautiful tour, very informative about its history and your guide is in traditional dress. Highly recommend.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Amazing historical site of a strong woman! Knowledgeable tour guide. Everyone on the site was friendly.

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Reviewed 30 October 2016

Informed guides give you a great tour of the modest house GW's mother lived the last years of her life in. Charming, if small garden.

Thank RamblersOhio
Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Where else can you get a 45 minute historic tour and narration for $5? The staff, dressed in period costume, are very knowledgeable and engaging, telling stories of Mary Washington and her famous son George Washington. The house is beautiful and fully furnished on two floors. You can see a real place where George Washington slept! If you have ridden... More 

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