Restoring Kenmore: Resources in the Library and on the Web

From the Central Rappahanock Regional Library

Classic Georgian Style by Henrietta Spencer-Churchill.
A thorough detailing of the landscaping and interior design that defined Georgian style. Includes an overview of the Georgian and Regency periods (1714 to 1830), a glossary, and a design directory of the masters of Georgian style, such as Palladio, Chippendale, and Repton.

Fielding Lewis and the Washington Family: A Chronicle of 18th Century Fredericksburg by Paula S. Felder.
Local historian Paula Felder has researched the Lewis and Washington connections thoroughly and gives an interesting yet scholarly introduction to Kenmore's first family and its more famous relations.

George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation. [2000]
An overview of the Foundation's many useful activities, including its efforts towards Kenmore's restoration.

Great Georgian Houses of America.
This two-volume Dover reprint of 1933—1937 book has over 400 pen and ink drawings of 77 homes of the Georgian period. Includes introductory essays that discuss the place of architecture in early American culture, the major architects of the period, and the development of regional styles.

Houses Virginians Have Loved by Agnes Rothery.
Old house lovers, rejoice! This classic from the 1950s gives a friendly tour of some of Virginia's most historic houses, many of which were built in the Georgian style.

Kenmore: 200 Years of History. (videorecording)
The home of George Washington's sister, Betty Lewis, has seen much history since its Colonial-era origins. It was a Union hospital during the Civil War and a boarding house in the early part of this century, when its very existence was in question. In 1922, the DAR bought it and organized and a nationwide campaign to save it.

Kenmore and the Lewises by Jane Taylor Duke.
This older house and family history is a classic of its time.

The Kenmore Mansion, Built 1752, Home of Colonel Fielding Lewis and His Wife, Betty Washington compiled by Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming.
The author, a historian for the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, led the fight to save Kenmore.

Web Sites

Restoring Kenmore by Matt Webster, Manager of Historic Resources for George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation
Fielding and Betty Lewis built a new brick plantation house around 1770. The house, known today as Kenmore, is a classic example of late Georgian architecture. Over two hundred and twenty-five years and twenty-one owners have passed since the first bricks were fired to construct Kenmore. Today George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation owns the property and is restoring the historic house.

Historic American Buildings Survey: Kenmore
Nineteen drawings, 63 black and white photos, and several data pages available to view online from the Library of Congress capture Kenmore as it was in 1940.

Welsh Color and Conservation
This company performed color-matching work for Kenmore. The site gives an overview of the technical complexities of matching older paint samples.

Kenmore Restoration
A charming walk-through of Mr. Webster's ongoing project of Kenmore's interior and exterior restorations. Includes two Quicktime movies, An American Masterwork: The Restoration of Kenmore and The Builders.



This webliography accompanied the Lunch With History lecture "Restoring Kenmore," presented by Matt Webster, Restoration Project Manager, George Washington's Fredericksburg Foundation, on September 17, 2003.