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Washington Heritage Museums Calendar

Join us for our upcoming events and programs!



Event cancellations and updates will be announced via our Facebook page.

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Tea Talk with Mary Washington

Mary Washington House

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023

Noon – 2:00 pm


Come visit the charming Mary Washington House Museum Store and sit down with your friends and family for an afternoon tea. Our signature Mary Washington blend tea; a young Hyson tea, will be served alongside her very own gingerbread, a raspberry honey cake, and of course, tea sandwiches!

Washington Heritage Museums' very own Heather Meadows will interpret Mary Washington and discuss her daily life. Afterward, she will be happy to answer any questions at the conclusion of a stroll through Mary Washington's neighborhood and all the way to Meditation Rock by the Mary Washington Monument.

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Fall Opening | St. James’ House

Monday, October 2 - Saturday, October 7, 2023

1:00 - 4:00 pm

$10 admission, discounts available

Explore historic Fredericksburg's best-kept secret! Only open twice a year, this beautiful home and garden belonged to one of the area's early attorneys, James Mercer. It was lovingly curated with antique furniture by Daniel Breslin and William Tolerton in the 1960s and remains a local favorite.


For scheduling group tours of 6 or more, please call (540) 373-5630 or email to arrange a confirmation.


Tickets purchased online may be redeemed any day of the opening. Tickets may also be purchased with cash on arrival. Learn more about our available discounts here:

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Gothic Ghosts | Rising Sun Tavern

Friday, October 13, 2023

Saturday, October 14, 2023

6:00 – 7:30 pm


Enter an authentic 18th-century tavern for an immersive and haunting experience. Hear live readings of Gothic tales from early America, as well as ghost stories passed down from our very tavern! Light seasonal refreshments will be served.

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Bourbon and Boxwood

Mary Washington House

Saturday, September 30, 2023

7:00 - 10:00 pm

$125 individual tickets, sponsorships available

Join Washington Heritage Museums for the return of its eighth annual fundraising gala, complete with live music, open bars, and bourbon tastings. This event sells out each year, and supports five historic sites year-round!

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Mary’s Ribbons 2023

Mary Washington House

October 1-31

Mon-Sat 10 am - 4 pm

Sun 12 pm - 4 pm

This October, join us in remembering all those brave women who have battled breast cancer, and to honor our friends and loved ones who do so today.

Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness Month, members of the public are invited to tie a pink ribbon to the fence in front of the Mary Washington House. This free activity brings visibility to the disease and allows community members to honor or remember the courageous women of their choice. Stop inside to prepare your ribbon, or reserve one online and we'll tie it on for you!

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Tea Talk with Michael Cecere

Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023

Noon – 2:00 pm

$35 tickets | $30 for WHM members

Washington Heritage Museums is proud to welcome Michael Cecere for a discussion and book signing on his biography, Second to No Man but the Commander in Chief: Hugh Mercer, American Patriot. Copies of the book are available now to purchase at the Apothecary Shop and will be available for purchase the day of the event. A period tea, tea sandwiches and scones prepared by the Mary Washington House Museum Store volunteers will be served.

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Tea Talk with Kyle Griffith

Rising Sun Tavern

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

11:00 – 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$35 tickets | $30 for WHM members

Kyle Griffith, an interpreter from the Rising Sun Tavern, is pleased to present some of his family's heirlooms and artifacts that inspired the writing of his recent book, Piedmont Culture. Many of the artifacts relate to the farming of tobacco and rural material culture from more than a century ago. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. A Bourbon blend and a period blend tea will be served, along with savory and sweet offerings prepared by the Mary Washington House Museum Store volunteers.

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Sponsored by

Lewis Insurance Associates

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Theater - 10:00 am

Enjoy lectures on a wide variety of subjects that are sure to interest local history lovers.  Lectures are held on the first Thursday of March, April, May, October, November, and December at 10:00 AM. 

March 2, 2023 | Shared Vision: The Mary Washington Monument, Panel presentation: Jeanette Cadwallender, Nancy Moore, Chuck Fennell and Anne Darron

April 6, 2023 | African American History in Stafford County, by Frank White, Local Historian

May 4, 2023 | Church, State, and Freedom in Early America, by David Marsich, Assistant Professor of History at Germanna Community College

October 5, 2023 | Give Me Liberty ! The S.S. Mary Ball, by Scott Walker, Retired Educator and Local Historian

November 2, 2023 | Modern Technologies, Public Engagement and Evolving History, by Jenna Edwards, Partner with The Edwards Law Firm and WHM Volunteer

December 7, 2023 | Black Women’s History in the Fredericksburg Area, by Gaila Sims, Curator of African American History & Special Projects for the Fredericksburg Area Museum

The use of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s meeting facility does not constitute either the library’s endorsement or sponsorship of the program or the organizer’s policies and beliefs.

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