Mary Washington House

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Place Category: MuseumPlace Tags: Places in VA

  • Description

    In this historic house lived during her last years, Mary Ball Washington, the mother of George Washington, the first president of the USA, who bought the house for her so she could live close to her daughter, Betty Washington Lewis.
    Many celebrities came to pay their respect and visited the house, in addition to George Washington’s visits, who also came to get her blessing before his inauguration in 1789. Mary Washington passed away from breast cancer a few months after. Her grave is located half a mile from the house.
    The house was saved from destruction in 1890 by a group of women from the Association for the Preservation of Virginia and opened to the public as a museum in 1903. A tour in the house will give a glimpse of the life in the 18th century, showcasing the original furniture, and Mary Washington’s personal possessions, such as her ceramic collection and the mirror which she called the “best dressing glass.” Do not miss a visit to the beautiful garden.
    Open daily besides Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year Eve.

    Storefront Stories of Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House

    The mother of the 'Father of Our Country' lived her final years in a modest home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This video provides insights into the life of Mary Ball Washington and invites the viewer to visit her home at 1200 Charles Street.
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    Address: 1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA
    Opening Hours: March 1 - October 31: Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM, Sunday 12 noon - 4 PM. November 1 - February 28: Monday-Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM, Sunday 12 noon - 4 PM. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, 31 and January 1
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