St. James House in Fredericksburg has its spring opening this week

by | Apr 17, 2023 | History

Monday, April 17 – Saturday, April 22-1300 Charles Street

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Daily

$5.00 per adult, $3.00 for youth 6-18, FREE for Washington Heritage Museum members

You can tour the St James’ House during Historic Garden Week in Virginia to see its collection of antiques and decorative arts. Be sure to stroll the gardens after your tour.

The house was originally home to James Mercer, an attorney. Mercer was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first judge of the General Court in Fredericksburg, and the attorney who drew up the will of Mary Washington. Mercer built the house on land once owned by Fielding Lewis, brother-in-law of George Washington.


The house is noted for its collection of antique furniture and decorative arts acquired by Daniel Breslin and William Tolerton who, together, restored St. James’ in the mid-1960s and eventually bequeathed it to Preservation Virginia. Washington Heritage Museums then received the property and its collections by deed of gift in 2012. St. James’ House serves as the headquarters for Washington Heritage Museums.

For tickets and information:  https://washingtonheritagemuseums.networkforgood.com/events/54636-st-james-house-spring-opening or call 540-373-5630.

Photos courtesy Washington Heritage Museums

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