Built by George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fielding Lewis, this beautiful, Georgian-style, brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Fredericksburg merchant.
During the Revolutionary War, Lewis loaned the state of Virginia money to build and support a gun factory in Fredericksburg. At the time of his death in 1781, he was still owed £7000, but it was never repaid. He also lost a great deal of money during the war because he was not able to carry on his mercantile business with England. However, his house still stands—with its elegant exterior and interior rooms adorned with colorful paint, wallpaper, and decorative plaster ceilings.
A visit to Kenmore starts in the Crowninshield Museum building (just to the left of the front gate) where there are displays of 18th-century furniture and decorative arts. A new introductory exhibit, The Patriots Lewis: What Would You Give, with accompanying hands-on activities for children, tells this powerful narrative through key pieces from the Foundation's collection.
A comprehensive refurnishing of the mansion is ongoing, and period furniture and interior details increasingly offer a descriptive setting for this historic story. Learn more about the refurnishing project via the blog, The Rooms at Kenmore.
An interpreter will lead a 45-minute tour of the first floor of the house and the kitchen dependency. After the tour, visitors are welcome to enjoy the gardens and grounds (approximately 3 acres) at their leisure.
A convenient, money-saving, combination ticket is available for guests who want to visit both Kenmore and Ferry Farm.
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The Curator at Kenmore has developed a special section of the website designed to keep visitors up to date with the ongoing refurnishing of Kenmore.
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