Historic Kenmore Plantation

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 of 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 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.

 

Visit the web site at http://www.kenmore.org

 

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