Washington Avenue Historic District is Fredericksburg’s only historic monumental avenue and the site of an outstanding collection of high-style residences built for the city’s elite at the turn of the 20th century. Containing mostly examples of Queen Anne- and Colonial Revival-style houses, the district also includes Kenmore, home of President George Washington’s sister, Betty, a singular example of Georgian architecture in Virginia and a National Historic Landmark. In addition, several monuments of artistic and commemorative significance grace the district, including a monument over the grave of Mary Ball Washington, mother of President Washington. The formal landscaped design of the broad avenue, prominently placed memorials, and architecturally sophisticated dwellings reflect the aspirations of a town attempting to redefine itself and its character after the devastating years of the Civil War. Washington Avenue also represents the trend toward improved urban design and civic improvements that resulted in grand monumental avenues and promenades in cities all across the United States as part of the City Beautiful movement.
Many properties listed in the registers are private dwellings and are not open to the public, however many are visible from the public right-of-way. Please be respectful of owner privacy.
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia