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In 1747, young Fielding Lewis came to Fredericksburg from his native Gloucester County with his bride, Catherine Washington, a first cousin of George Washington. A few months after her death in 1750, he married George's only sister, Betty, who lived across the Rappahannock river at the Ferry Farm.
As he rose to prominence, Lewis began construction of a mansion near Fredericksburg, which is deservingly noted as an outstanding example of 18th century Tidewater Virginia architecture. The finishing touches were added about 1775. A visit to Kenmore provides a fascinating glimpse of an 18th century plantation lifestyle, in dramatic contrast to the bustling little port town close by.
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