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Kenmore Plantation: A Revolutionary- and Civil War-Era National Historic Landmark

September 04, 2017

Kenmore is a charming historical plantation house that once belonged to Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, sister of the United States’ first president. Visitors to the this 18th century estate will be treated to one of Virginia’s finest examples of Georgian architecture, characterized by symmetrical designs reminiscent of the grand structures of Classical Greece and Rome. Particularly impressive at Kenmore Plantation is the ornate plaster work that adorns the ceilings of several ground floor rooms. Kenmore is famous not only for being the home of George Washington’s sister, but also for serving as a Union military hospital during the American Civil War. In 1924 the grounds were restored by famed landscape architect Charles F. Gillette. Today, visitors can thoroughly examine this stately National Historic Landmark during daily 45-minute guided tours of the house itself and self-guided strolls through the lush surrounding gardens.

Address: 1201 Washington Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401

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