St. James' House Fall Opening

October 2, 2023 @ 1:00PM — October 7, 2023 @ 4:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) Add to Calendar

St. James' House: 1300 Charles St Fredericksburg, VA 22401 Get Directions

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Explore Historic Fredericksburg's Best Kept Secret

Come tour the beautiful home and garden of one of Fredericksburg's early attorneys, James Mercer. He 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 particularly noted for its fine 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 scheduling group tours of 6 or more, please call (540) 373-5630 or email to arrange a confirmation.

Tickets purchased online may be redeemed any day of the opening. Tickets may also be purchased with cash on arrival.

We are excited to offer discounted and free admissions with proper identification. WHM members tour for FREE! Please enter your promo code at checkout to receive free admission for yourself and up to three other household members.

Did you know? In 2023, St. James' House was repainted, a project that included the rebuilding of several window and door frames. This year also saw the restoration of a portion of the north foundation of the main house structure. We are just now embarking on the replacement of the bulkhead doors. These projects were made possible by generous gifts, memberships, and a grant from the Stewart Jones Charitable Trust. Should you wish to contribute to the ongoing preservation of this site, please click "Support us with a donation" at checkout. All donations will be gratefully received.

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