About Washington Heritage Museums

The mission of the Washington Heritage Museums (WHM) is to preserve, promote and maintain its four 18th century properties in Fredericksburg, VA and develop dynamic educational resources and programs to engage and inspire the interest of everyone.

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 with 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.

 

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

Michael Spencer

Chair Elect

Chuck Fennell

Treasurer

Will Kinnamon

Secretary

Amy McCullough

Members-at-Large

Jack Apperson

Nancy Collins

Pamela Diggs

Zach Hatcher

Anne Little

Andrea Hickman Meleski

Michael O’Malley

Cassie Payne

Amy Stanford

Cristina Turdean

Alda White

Staff

ANNE DARRON

Executive Director

Washington Heritage Museums

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ETHAN BURGESS

Membership & Office Manager

Washington Heritage Museums

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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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DANIEL HAWKINS

Manager

Rising Sun Tavern

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VICKY FENTON

Museum Store Volunteer Coordinator

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JAN SWAGER

Museum Store Buyer

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KEALAN SOJACK

Lead Gardener

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