Get a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Mary Washington House

April 2nd, 2018 by

George Washington

If you consider yourself a history buff, mark your calendars for April 14 at 5 p.m., so you won’t miss the behind-the-scenes tour of the Mary Washington House. Located at 1200 Charles St. in Fredericksburg, Virginia, the Mary Washington House is open to the public nearly all year round. But, there are a lot of hidden secrets the everyday visitors never get to see!

What the Tour Offers

Admission tickets cost $20. Space is very limited, so you shouldn’t wait if you want to get in on this tour! Unfortunately, it is important to note the tour is not handicap accessible, as you will be climbing steep stairs during the tour.

Between staircases that lead to nowhere and hidden windows and doors, there are a lot of secrets within the Mary Washington House. During this behind-the-scenes tour, Michael Spencer – chairman of the board and associate professor at the University of Mary Washington – will reveal all of the hidden secrets within the house.

During the tour, you’ll witness the equipment researchers have used to help understand what the house may have been like when Mary Washington lived there all those years ago. Michelle Hamilton – Mary Washington House site manager and local author – will also be assisting with the tour.

For additional information about the behind-the-scenes event, individuals are encouraged to contact the Washington Heritage Museums at (540)-373-1569 or

Regular Business Hours

If you can’t make it to the behind-the-scenes tour or you don’t get enough at the tour, the house does have regular business hours. From March 1–Oct. 31, the house is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday–Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. From Nov. 1–Feb. 28, the house is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday–Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the house is $7 per adult and $3 per child between the ages of 6–18. Plus, it’s free for children under the age of 6. There are discounts available for groups of more than eight people and AAA members. You can also get in for free if you have a Washington Heritage Museums membership.

The house is closed on major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

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The Mary Washington house is a beautiful piece of American history. It was in 1772 that George Washington purchased the house for his mother, Mary Ball Washington. Mary spent the last 17 years of her life living comfortably within this cozy home. Today, the home is owned and operated by Washington Heritage Museums.

If George Washington’s kind gesture to his mother inspires you to give your mom something extra-special, head over to Safford CDJR of Fredericksburg to buy your mom a new vehicle today.

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