Mary Washington House    

1200 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia   540.373.1569

ca. 1772

1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

1200 Charles St, Fredericksburg, VA 22401


March - October

Monday-Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 12 noon - 4pm


November - February

Monday-Saturday 10am - 4pm

Sunday 12 noon - 4pm


Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 24-25, 31 and January 1


Admission Fees:

Adults - $5  Children 6-18 - $2  Children under 6 - free

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Property History


In 1772, George Washington purchased a house from Michael Robinson in Fredericksburg, Virginia for his mother. Mary Ball Washington spent her last seventeen years in this comfortable home.


The white frame house sits on the corner of Charles and Lewis Streets and was in walking distance to Kenmore, home of Mary's daughter Betty Washington Lewis. Tradition has it that, during the Revolution, General Lafayette found Mrs. Washington in her garden.


The President-to-be came to this home to receive his mother's blessing before attending his inauguration in 1789.

In 1890, Preservation Virginia acquired the Mary Washington House and saved it from certain destruction. The house was slated to be disassembled for travel to the 1893 Chicago Columbian Exposition for display. The house underwent a restoration and was opened to the public in 1931. 

Mary Washington House is owned and operated by Washington Heritage Museums which received the building as a gift from Preservation Virginia on January 3, 2013.   


Visitors today can tour the house and see Mary Washington's "best dressing glass." They can explore the garden and visit the original kitchen (a rare surviving 18th-century outbuilding). They can also visit the Mary Washington House Gift Shop which features a lovely collection of gifts to celebrate tea drinking, gardening, 18th-century decorative arts, and Virginia products. 


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