St.James’ House Open for Tours

September 23, 2015

St. James’ House Open for Tours

Twice Yearly Opening Monday through Saturday, October 5-10

               Fredericksburg – St. James’ House, the quaint “gentleman’s cottage” at the corner of Charles and Fauquier Streets, will be open for tours during the afternoons of Monday through Saturday, October 5-10.  St. James’ House was built around 1768. 

               The house was originally home to James Mercer, an attorney.  James Mercer, not related to Hugh Mercer, was one of the Mercers of Marborough Point.  Mercer was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, and the attorney who drew up the will for Mary Washington.  Mercer built the house on land once owned by Fielding Lewis, brother-in-law of George Washington.

               The House is particularly noted for its fine collection of antique furniture and decorative arts assembled by Daniel Breslin and William Tolerton, who restored St. James’ in the mid-1960s and bequeathed it to Preservation Virginia.  Washington Heritage Museums received the lovely home and grounds by deed of gift in 2012.  St. James’ House currently serves as the headquarters for Washington Heritage Museums.

               Visitors will receive a guided tour of the home provided by Washington Heritage Museums volunteers, and will also be able to stroll through the beautiful gardens.  The admission is $3 for adults, and $1 for students 6-18.  Washington Heritage Museums members receive free admission.

               In addition to St. James’ House, the Washington Heritage Museums owns and maintains the Mary Washington House, the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, and the Rising Sun Tavern.  The nonprofit organization is seeking to grow its membership and volunteer base, and invites the public to join.

               Admission may be paid at the door at 1300 Charles Street, Fredericksburg.  The house will be open from 1-4 p.m. daily, October 5-10.   Open for tours just twice a year, the next opportunity will not be until April 2016.


The mission of the Washington Heritage Museums (WHM) is to preserve, promote and maintain its four 18th century properties in Fredericksburg, VA and develop dynamic educational resources and programs to engage and inspire the interest of everyone.

For more information contact:

Anne Darron


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