George Washington and his family had strong ties to the Fredericksburg region. Washington was born in Westmoreland County. He spent some of his formative years at Ferry Farm in Stafford County, and his mother, Mary Washington, lived in Fredericksburg the last 17 years of her life, while his sister, Betty, lived at the home now known as Kenmore with her husband, Fielding Lewis.
The George Washington Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families, will be giving a series of lectures at Fredericksburg Branch at 7:00 about Washington’s local family.
May 1: Kelly Brennan Arehart, Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services, will be talking about Betty Washington Lewis and women’s health in the 18th century.
May 8: David Arehart will discuss the rise and fall of Colonel Fielding Lewis, a prominent Fredericksburg businessman, patriot, and the brother-in-law of George Washington.
May 15: Curator Meghan Budinger will reveal some of the unusual objects in Kenmore’s collection that are rarely seen by the public and give a behind-the-scenes look at curating work.