Tag Archives: Behind the Scenes

New Resident in the Drawing Room!

One of the last few pieces of the Kenmore refurnishing puzzle finally arrived last week – the Drawing Room carpet! Much like the carpet effort in the Dining room, this was a lengthy project, taking almost a year from start … Continue reading

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The Clothes Press Returns!

Just before the Christmas break, our clothes press returned from conservation treatment and is now back on display in the Office. As you may remember, we have chosen to place a walnut clothes press in the Office because such a … Continue reading

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A Big Move

A few days ago, we said a (temporary) goodbye to the walnut clothes press that has been on display in the Office.  It is headed off for conservation treatment, which will restore all of its hinges and locks to full … Continue reading

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Personal Effects

Another batch of objects has been added to Fielding’s Office, this time with a decidedly personal theme.  While the Chamber is accessorized with a mix of small objects that either belonged to Betty Lewis or illustrate an aspect of her … Continue reading

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The Walker Armchair Returns!

You may recall the fanfare surrounding our acquisition of an 18th century armchair about two years ago. Visitors to Kenmore since then may also have seen that armchair, made here in Fredericksburg by William Walker Jr. around 1770, on display … Continue reading

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Art and Science, Kenmore Style

You may recall in this post, I discussed the mystery of how exactly the Wollaston portraits of Betty and Fielding Lewis were arranged on the walls of the Drawing Room, and why it is we think they were there to … Continue reading

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Just for Fun…

The wonderfully creative folks in our Education Department filmed the entire Dining Room carpet installation process, including the unloading and reloading of all the furnishings in the room, over the course of three days a couple weeks ago.  Take a … Continue reading

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The Last Piece of the Puzzle

The refurnishing effort at Kenmore is having an incredibly busy couple of weeks! I hope you won’t mind, but I’m preempting the post I promised you last week about the details of our latest acquisition in order to bring you … Continue reading

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New Acquisition!

The George Washington Foundation made a very special acquisition for the collection this week! Who is Captain John Lewis and why is he important to Kenmore? Get the answers, as well as the whole story behind this important acquisition, in … Continue reading

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Mystery on our Walls

One of the most exciting projects planned this year in the Drawing Room is the return of Betty and Fielding Lewis’s portraits by John Wollaston to what was most likely their original location in that room.  When complete, hopefully Betty … Continue reading

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