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About Washington Heritage Museums

Our mission is to preserve our historic properties in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and to interpret them through inclusive narratives that inspire an engaging and enduring understanding of the Washington family.

Washington Heritage Museums is a 501(c)3 membership organization established in 2012 to assume ownership and management of four 18th-century house museums in downtown Fredericksburg: Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Rising Sun Tavern, and St. James' House. The first three museums are open year-round, offering guided tours for individuals and groups, conducted by historic interpreters.  St. James’ House serves as the organization’s headquarters and business office and opens its doors for tours on selected weeks in the spring and fall. In January 2023, WHM acquired the Mary Washington Monument and Caretaker's Lodge from the City of Fredericksburg by deed of gift. 

 

An active organization of several hundred members located throughout Virginia and across the nation, Washington Heritage Museums is dedicated to growing the support that will ensure the relevance of these legacies for generations to come. WHM offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and welcomes all members as partners to share these important sites with the public.  We are vigorously committed to a new era of health and relevance for these architectural and cultural treasures.  Their historical importance is national as well as local.

Board of Directors

Chair

Chuck Fennell

Chair Elect

Jack Apperson

Treasurer

Will Kinnamon

Secretary

Amy McCullough

Members-at-Large

Jan Bieneck

Jeanette Cadwallender

Pamela Diggs

Andrea Hickman Meleski

Michael O'Malley

Ryan Schradin

Cristina Turdean

Jim Wachter

Edwin Watson

Alda White

Alma Withers

WHM Committees

WHM committees assist the board and staff in achieving the organization’s mission.  Our committees are working committees with volunteers that are dedicated to the physical and financial health of our sites for future generations.  The time commitment varies by committee, but most committees meet at least bi-monthly. 

Staff

ANNE DARRON

Executive Director

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ETHAN BURGESS

Membership & Office Manager

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GENEVIEVE BUGAY

Manager

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

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MICHELLE HAMILTON

Manager

Mary Washington House

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VICKY FENTON

Museum Store Volunteer Coordinator

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DANIEL HAWKINS

Manager

Rising Sun Tavern

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JAN SWAGER

Museum Store Buyer

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IAN BUGAY

Garden Manager

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