"Saving Mary's Home" 2015

August 31, 2015

Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Saving Mary’s Home


Mary Washington House is a community treasure

FredericksburgThe year was 1890. The event was the Chicago World’s Fair. The clapboard house on Charles Street in downtown Fredericksburg that George Washington had purchased for his mother in 1772 was set to be dismantled and moved to this massive exposition for display.

But a group of Fredericksburg women realized that to let this happen would be to let a crucial piece of Fredericksburg’s historic fabric disappear. They banded together to purchase the house, which still stands today at 1200 Charles St., owned by the Washington Heritage Museums, an organization founded and run by Frederickburg-area residents.

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of this important event in Fredericksburg’s history, and to raise funds to continue to preserve Mary Washington House for future generations, the Washington Heritage Museums invites you to “Saving Mary’s Home,” a night of casino games, live music, garden and house tours and general celebration of Mary Washington House, Sept. 12, 2015, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 1200 Charles St.

Admission of $75 per person ($25 tax deductible) includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar and a night of fun for the Fredericksburg community, including live performances by The Believers, Whiskey Django, Foxtrot and Karen Jonas.

Proceeds from the event will support the planned renovation of portions of Mary Washington House to serve as meeting rooms, event venues and volunteer workspaces.

Purchase tickets online at washingtonheritagemuseums.org or by mail or in person at the Washington Heritage Museums office, 1300 Charles St., Fredericksburg, Va., 22401. The office is open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Washington Heritage Museums exists to preserve, promote and maintain four 18th-century properties in Fredericksburg, VA, and develop dynamic educational resources and programs to engage and inspire the interest of everyone. The group’s properties are the Mary Washington House, the Hugh Mercer Apothecary, the Rising Sun Tavern and St. James House. Learn more at washingtonheritagemuseums.org.


For more information contact:

Anne Darron



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