Washington Heritage Museums



Bourbon & Boxwood

Location: Mary Washington House

May 14th, 2022 | 7:00-10:00 PM

Washington Heritage Museums is excited to host Bourbon and Boxwood 2022 on May 14, 2022, at the Mary Washington House. This in-person event will be held in the gardens and cover an expanded footprint that will extend to Charles and Lewis Streets. This event has become synonymous with live music, delicious savory food, a full open bar, as well as bourbon tastings. However, its true impact is the ongoing support it provides for our four 18th century museums and the programs WHM hosts. Washington Heritage Museums was formed in 2012 to preserve its four 18th century properties and share their histories through dynamic programming. Since its inception, the funds raised through Bourbon and Boxwood have supported critical preservation projects, allowed us to pivot our resources in the wake of COVID 19, and supported educational programming. We are truly thankful for such a generous community.

Interested in supporting the museums through sponsorship of this event?  Visit our sponsorship page or contact Anne Darron at 540-373-5630.

Wreath Laying at the Mercer Monument

May 30th, 2022 | 1:00 PM

A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at 1:00 PM on May 30 at the monument to Hugh Mercer on Washington Ave. in downtown Fredericksburg. A hero of the Revolutionary War, Hugh Mercer served as a brigadier general under George Washington and practiced as a physician in Fredericksburg from about 1761 to 1776.

Charles G. McDaniel, Chairman of Hilldrup, will deliver remarks regarding Mercer's friends and sites in Fredericksburg connected to him. He will echo the importance of Fredericksburg during the Revolutionary War and touch on the six generals from the area.

Additionally, there will be a bagpipe accompaniment as part of a ceremony to honor General Mercer’s sacrifice to our liberty at the Battle of Princeton in 1777. This event is free to the public.

Twilight History

Location: Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, Rising Sun Tavern

June 14th - June 16th, 2022 | 6:00-8:00 PM

Explore history and follow in the footsteps of George Washington, his family, and his friends.  Enjoy hands-on activities, projects, and games at Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Mary Washington House, and Rising Sun Tavern. Learn about 18th-century food, medicine, and daily life. Explore the places that George Washington knew well.  Most activities will take place outside in small groups, and it is currently expected that masks will be required.

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Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2022, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM

Join us by the steps of the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop as we celebrate our independence. There will be three live readings of the Declaration of Independence at 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3PM. This event is open and free to the public, and we invite you to this truly moving experience!

Fourth of July Story Time at the Rising Sun Tavern

July 4, 2022, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM

Join us at the Rising Sun Tavern for a story time for elementary aged children.  Children will also have the opportunity to have their face painted!




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