About The George Washington Foundation

In 1922, an energetic and far-sighted group of people led by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, rallied the resources to purchase Kenmore, the Fredericksburg house completed in 1775 by George Washington’s sister Betty and her husband, Colonel Fielding Lewis. Launching the campaign to save Kenmore, then Vice President Calvin Coolidge said, “It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America.”

In 1996 the Kenmore Association, as it was then known, saved another Washington landmark, Ferry Farm, from commercial development. This Stafford County farm where young George grew to manhood is a pastoral piece of property along the Rappahannock River where wildlife abounds and where the earth yields up an abundance of archaeological evidence of its previous residents. At this point in its history, the Association changed its name to George Washington’s Fredericksburg Foundation to reflect its growing stewardship. Also during this time, the Foundation acquired Augustine Washington’s ironworks at Accokeek Furnace in Stafford County.

In 2008, the Foundation changed its name to The George Washington Foundation.

Please donateThe mission of The George Washington Foundation is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families.

The George Washington Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, headquartered in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia. The Foundation relies on support from its generous donors and volunteers for its ongoing programs.


President and CEO
Garner, Bill

Vice President, Museum Content
Muraca, Dave

Director, Institutional Advancement
Johnson, Rob

Director, Finance and Human Resources
Fitch, Carter

Director, Education Programming & Ferry Farm Operations
Withers, Alma

Director, Curatorial Operations
Budinger, Meghan

Director, Buildings & Grounds
Carmichael, John

Board of Trustees:


Chair: Eleanor F. Doar
Vice-Chair: Arthur E. Hall
Secretary: Benjamin N. Wafle
Treasurer: Lloyd B. Harrison III

President: William E. Garner


Marian K. (Cissy) Anklam
Ernst S. Bauer
Fielding L. Cocke
Kostas J. Constantine
Lorraine (Tink) Friedrichs Crawford
Dale C. Critz
Ronald E. Davis
Brian D. Draper
Samuel C. Harding, Jr.
Lucy G. Harman
Pamela K. Hull
Robert M. Johnson
Arrington H. Mixon
Beth Newburger
Donald H. Newlin
Mary Jane O’Neill
Nancy B. Thomas
Mary Lou Weselin

Trustees Emeriti

Isabel C. Correll
Rosalie G. (Rodie) Savage
J.M.H. (Mac) Willis, Jr.