Mary Washington House

1200 Charles Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 - United States





George Washington bought this frame dwelling for his mother in 1772. The dwelling was constructed in 1759, on land previously owned by Mary Washington's son-in-law Fielding Lewis. Mary, along with her enslaved workers, soon moved from the family farm across the river and lived here the last 17 years of her life. During her residency, Mary Washington experienced the hardships of the American Revolution.

In March of 1789, just before his election to the Presidency, George visited his mother for the final time. After receiving her blessing, the son departed to face duties of leadership, and Mary died of breast cancer before summer’s end.


Among the period furnishings are several of Mary’s personal possessions, including the “best dressing glass" she willed to George.

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