Built by George Washington's sister Betty Washington Lewis and her husband, Fielding Lewis, this beautiful, Georgian-style, brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Fredericksburg merchant.
During the Revolutionary War, Lewis loaned the state of Virginia money to build and support a gun factory in Fredericksburg. At the time of his death in 1781, he was still owed £7000 but it was never repaid. He also lost a great deal of money during the war because he was not able to carry on his mercantile business with England. However, his house still stands—with its elegant exterior and interior rooms adorned with colorful paint, wallpaper, and decorative plaster ceilings.
A visit to Kenmore starts in the Crowninshield Museum building (just to the left of the front gate) where there are displays of 18th-century furniture and decorative arts. An interpreter will lead a 45-minute tour of the first floor of the house and the kitchen dependency. After the tour, visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and grounds (approximately 3 acres) at their leisure
- Closed during January & February except Feb. 16 & 18 at Ferry Farm
- March through October, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last Kenmore tour at 4:15)
- November through December, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last Kenmore tour at 3:15)
- Closed Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 21, 2013), December 24, 25, & 31
- Group visits available at other times by appointment, (540) 370- 0732
Kenmore Admission Prices: $10 adults, $5 students, under age 6, free
Combination Ticket to both Kenmore and Ferry Farm: $15 adults, $8 students
Discounts available for Seniors (60+), AAA, active military, trolley passengers, &
Group rates available - please call Vickie Hayes at (540) 370- 0732 ext. 24 for reservations and details