Historic Kenmore is a beautiful, Georgian-style brick mansion built by George Washington’s sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fredericksburg merchant Fielding Lewis, reflecting their pre-Revolutionary War wealth and gentry status.
The guided tour focuses on the Lewis family and the sacrifices it made to support the American cause during the War for Independence. Eighteenth-century furniture and accessories accurately depict Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis’ gentry-level wealth. You may tour the grounds on your own before and after your house tour.
Finally, the Bissell Gallery inside the Crowninshield Building Visitor Center features 18th-century furniture and decorative arts. An introductory exhibit, The Patriots Lewis: What Would You Give?, with hands-on activities for children, tells of the family’s wartime sacrifices through key pieces in Kenmore’s collection.
When you arrive at Kenmore, check-in at the Crowninshield Building Visitor Center, where you will be welcomed by staff and may purchase tour tickets (if you have not already done so online).
The Crowninshield Building is located to the left, down the path, after you enter the grounds on Washington Avenue. Your tour will begin at the scheduled time on Kenmore’s lawn near the steps on the south side of the house.
Online Ticketing: Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets online here or upon arrival at Kenmore in the Crowninshield Building visitor center.
Face Coverings: Fully-vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Guests who are not fully vaccinated, including children, should wear masks indoors and are encouraged to do so outdoors. Employees of The George Washington Foundation that are vaccinated are not required to wear masks indoors or outdoors but may choose to do so as their job requirements allow it.
Social Distancing: Employees of The George Washington Foundation will continue to social distance, keeping 6 feet between themselves and guests, as well as other employees.
Cleanliness: Hand sanitizer stations are available at Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm. We are committed to the comfort of our guests, and have made frequent cleaning of public spaces part of our routine.
For information about school group visits, children’s Discovery Workshops, youth and family programs, visit Education.
If you have additional questions about visiting Kenmore, check our Guest Policies and Frequently Asked Questions page.
To request a group visit, complete this form.
Kenmore is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve and during all of January and February.
Kenmore’s grounds are closed
during non-business hours.
Adults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $12.00
Students (Ages 6 and up) . . . . . $6.00
Ages 5 and under . . . . . . . . . . Free
1201 Washington Avenue
Fredericksburg, VA 22401