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Mary Washington House

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Address: 1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone Number:
(540) 373-5630
11:00 - 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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All In The 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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 December 2016
cincinnati, ohio

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 275 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

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

2 Thank TrippEagles
Columbia, South Carolina
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

Thank AMiller121
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Vienna, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Visit the early times of our country through the surroundings of Mary Washington, mother of George Washington, in her final home she lived in. Listen as the two guides tell you what an amazing and strong woman Mary was; she was progressive for her time.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is a tour of the home George Washington bought for his aging mother as he worried about her living in the country and wanted her in town close to her daughter (his sister). The tour guide is dressed in period costume and his narration shows that even George Washington had the same worries as we do today about our... More 

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Palo Alto, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Brief tour in historical house of the mother of George Washington. Informed guide and the usual stuff...

Thank hazelanker
Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent tour guide, very interactive. The house has been open to visitors for over 100 years. Some original furnishings including a teapot that Mary used. Worth the time

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