It's always fun when the whole family can get together and visit. Our children do not live in our city. Our daughter lives in New Hampshire and our son lives in Richmond. Our daughter, Noel, came for a visit this past weekend. Our grandson that lives with us is her son. So you know she wanted to see him. While she was here she asked if we could visit Kenmore. Kenmore is the home of Betty Washington Lewis and Col. Fielding Lewis. Betty Washington was George Washington's sister.
This is actually the back side of Kenmore. This 1300 acre plantation was built in the 1770's. It is a fine Georgian style manor home. Fielding Lewis loaned the state of Virginia guns and ammunition to support The Revolution. He was never repaid for his efforts. Mary Ball Washington (the mother of George Washington) is buried on the original property of the plantation. After leaving her home in Ferry Farm she lived in a home behind Kenmore.
|Mary Washington Monument and Grave site|
Corn, tobacco and wheat were grown on the fields of Kenmore. They had more than 80 slaves that worked the plantation. Kenmore was used as a hospital during the Civil War as were many large plantations of the south. There is a canon ball that is lodged in the back entrance of the home.
In 1922 the Kenmore Foundation bought the property and began plans to restore the property. The landscaping was restored by Charles Gillette in 1924.
Kenmore is still being refurbished on the interior. The plaster ceilings have all been repaired and bought back to life. They are quite exquisite! The same plasterer that worked on Mount Vernon worked on Kenmore ceilings. Original paint colors and wall coverings are used in the home. No photographs are allowed inside the home except the kitchen. Check out their website to see the plastered ceilings. http://www.kenmore.org/kp_home.html
As you are facing the front of the home the kitchen is on the right and the laundry is on the left.
It was a great early spring day to tour the lovely Kenmore and her gardens.