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Mary Washington House

1200 Charles St., Fredericksburg, Virginia

The historic home of George Washington’s mother gives visitors insight into the life and final 17 years of Mary Washington. Period-clad docents welcome you to the 18th-century Mary Washington House and invite you to take a mental step back in time as you explore the original kitchen, guest room where George Washington slept, and gardens.

Visitors to Mary Washington House can explore the house and gardens while learning about the home from docents along the way. The house is one of four Washington Heritage Museum sites located in downtown Fredericksburg, and you can pair a tour of this site with a visit to the Rising Sun Tavern and Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop. To add to the experience, learn about the town’s historic attractions on a horse and buggy tour of Fredericksburg.

  • The Mary Washington House is a must-see for history buffs.

  • You can buy colonial-era souvenirs as well as locally made crafts at the gift shop.

  • Purchase a Heritage Pass for access to all of the Washington Heritage Museum sites.

  • The Mary Washington House is not wheelchair accessible.

The Mary Washington House is set on Charles Street within walking distance of historic downtown Fredericksburg and the rest of the Washington Heritage Museums. The historic town of Fredericksburg, Va., is located midway between Washington DC and Richmond, Va., about 60 miles (95 kilometers) from each.

It's possible to visit the Mary Washington House year-round, but to see the house at its most lively, visit in summer when events such as Games in the Garden and other 18th century-style social gatherings are happening. Check out the museum’s website for dates and details.

The colonial-era town of Fredericksburg is filled with opportunities to dive into the history of America’s founders. Alongside the Washington Heritage Museum sites you can visit other nearby attractions such as the Old Stone Warehouse, Kenmore Plantation (home of Mary Washington’s daughter, Betty Washington Lewis), and Historic Fredericksburg Foundation.


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