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Record Number Visit Washington Heritage Museums in 2016

By Susan Larson.

Washington Heritage Museums (WHM) welcomed more than 30,000 visitors to its four properties in 2016, setting a new record and continuing a second year of growth.

“It’s an exciting achievement, and indicative of an increased interest in our nation’s history,” said WHM Executive Director Anne Darron. “I believe it’s also attributable to updated tours, appealing special events, engagement of the local community at public events, and an improved awareness of the museums.”

The group of museums in the City of Fredericksburg includes the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, Mary Washington House, Rising Sun Tavern, and St. James’ House.

Each of the buildings is connected to the family of George Washington. They were deeded to Washington Heritage Museums in 2012 as a gift from Preservation Virginia. Costumed interpreters provide tours 360 days a year to both individuals and groups, including school tours.

Washington Heritage Museums is a 501(c)3 membership organization established to preserve, promote, and maintain four 18th-century properties in Fredericksburg, and develop dynamic educational resources and programs to engage and inspire the interest of everyone. Learn more about the museums, membership, and volunteer opportunities at WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org
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