Washington Heritage Museums Fredericksburg, VA

Washington Heritage Museums:

A Legacy of Preservation & History in Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Washington Heritage Museums is a 501(c)3 membership organization established to assume ownership and management of four historic house museums in downtown Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, St. James' House and Rising Sun Tavern. 


We are an active organization of several hundred members dedicated to grow the support that will ensure the relevance of these legacies for generations to come.


Washington Heritage Museums hosts regular educational programs and social events. Our organization manages, maintains and staffs the museums. 


We continue to grow our active membership to generate the resources necessary to preserve these priceless historic properties for enjoyment and appreciation of current  and future generations.

Washington Heritage Museums, and our many programs, are generously supported by Virginia Humanities.

Virginia Humanities

Bourbon & Boxwood 2021

Bourbon and Boxwood 2021 has been postponed until May 14th, 2022. Thank you for your understanding!

This was a decision not easily reached, but as museums contribute to the heart and soul of a community, we feel a responsibility for its health and wellbeing. With the Fredericksburg region classified as an area of high transmission, it became clear that the safest course of action was to shift our celebration to the spring.  


General Mercer Wreath Laying

May 31, 2021

Nation's fallen honored in Memorial Day ceremonies in Fredericksburg

May 31, 2021

The Historic Virginia Town You Need to Visit

April 26, 2021


Bourbon & Boxwood 2021 has been postponed to May 14, 2022. Thank you for your understanding!

Federal Tavern Night at the Rising Sun Tavern
October 16th, 2021 | 6-8:00 PM

Author Talk and Book Signing at the Mary Washington House
November 13th, 2021 | 6-8:00 PM

Holiday Open House at the Rising Sun Tavern
December 3rd, 2021 | 12-7:00 PM

Holiday Open House at the Mary Washington House
December 5th, 2021 | 12-4:00 PM & 5-7

Fall Speaking Series
Sponsored by Lewis Insurance Associates


Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 10:00 a.m. 

Meet in the Nave of St. George's Episcopal Church

Program:  St. George's: The Church in the Public Square is an exhibit in the Fredericksburg Area Museum.  Members of St. George's 300th Anniversary Committee, Cindy Helton and Lisa Durham will provide an introduction to the exhibit.  Education and Public Programs Coordinator, Theresa Cramer will then lead the group to see the exhibit in the museum. 


Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 10:00 a.m.

Meet at Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater

Program:  Furnishing Ferry Farm by Meghan Budinger, Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations, The George Washington Foundation.


Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 10:00 a.m

Washington Heritage Museums Annual Meeting


Meet at Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater

Program:  Building Materials as a Primary Source: Investigating the Rising Sun Tavern, Michael Spencer, Associate Professor, Historic Preservation Department at UMW, WHM Board Chair.