George Washington & Family Historic Sites

Fredericksburg Visitor Center
706 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg
(540) 373-1776, (800) 678-4748
Comprehensive touring information for the Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania area. Maps, brochures, parking passes, information on dining, lodging reservation services, discount touring tickets, and special events tickets are available. A 14-minute audio-visual presentation provides an overview to the area’s history and attractions.

Fredericksburg Court House
815 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg
This Victorian Gothic Revival-style building was built in 1852 and designed by the architect of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York and the original building for the Smithsonian Institute.

1201 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg
(540) 373-3381
Kenmore, one of the finest 18th-century houses in Virginia, lies in the heart of historic Fredericksburg. The house was built by patriot Fielding Lewis (who built a gunnery during the Revolutionary War to arm the Continental Army) for his wife, Betty, the sister of George Washington. It contains some of the most elaborate plasterwork to survive from colonial America. Ceilings at Kenmore were made by the same unidentified “stucco man” who worked at Mount Vernon.

Rising Sun Tavern
1304 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg
(540) 371-1494
Built by Charles Washington in 1760 as his home, this building was later operated as a tavern, the only “proper” tavern in the bustling port city of Fredericksburg. The “tavern wenches” at the Rising Sun today entertain visitors as though they have just stepped off a stagecoach in a lively interpretation of 18th-century tavern

Thornton Cemetery
Located on Hunter Street off Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg
The cemetery where some of the earliest settlers to the area (including some Washington family members) are buried is a small, handsome burial ground with notable ironwork and old monuments.

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Rt. 3 East in southern Stafford County
Across the river from Fredericksburg
(540) 370-0732
Here, the boy George Washington grew to manhood (from 1738-1752, ages 6-19) and here is the setting of the stories of the cherry tree and of the silver dollar (really a stone) thrown across the Rappahannock River. Here, too, was an important part of the Union lines during the Battle of Fredericksburg. Archaeologists recently recovered the remains of the Washington’s house. A National Historic Landmark, Ferry Farm includes a visitor center with exhibits and a self-guiding walking tour of the property.

Mary Washington House
1200 Charles Street, Fredericksburg
(540) 373-1569
George Washington bought this home for his mother in 1772, and she lived here near her daughter Betty at the Kenmore the last 17 years of her life. Among the period furnishings are some of Mary’s personal possessions including her “best dressing glass,” which she willed to her son George.

Last Updated:
December 14, 2018