Kenmore Plantation: Living Through the Civil War Published September 25, 2012 • Updated on October 17, 2012 at 9:49 am Take a tour of George Washington's sister's home in Fredericksburg, Va., which was built before the Revolution and sustained damage during the Civil War. 15 photos 1/15 Sarah Pixley 2/15 Sarah Pixley Already seen Mount Vernon? Tour Kenmore Plantation next. The estate, located in Fredericksburg, Va., was constructed in 1775 for Fielding Lewis and his wife, Betty -- the sister of George Washington. 3/15 Sarah Pixley The glass above this door is the only piece of glass original to the home. Everything else was lost during the Civil War. 4/15 Sarah Pixley Kenmore was built in 1775. Surprisingly, a third of the home is original despite being heavily attacked in the Civil War. 5/15 Sarah Pixley You can begin your visit in the Crowninshield Museum building to the left of the front gate, where you can view displays of 18th-century furniture and decor, before moving on for a guided tour of the first floor of the house and kitchen. 6/15 Sarah Pixley A shot of the ornate ceilings in the chamber. The estate illiustrates the life of a pre-Revolutionary War merchant, as well as those of the slaves who lived and worked on the plantation. 7/15 Carissa DiMargo Slaves used this passageway to bring food to the dining room. 8/15 Sarah Pixley Visitors can be surprised at the use of bright colors in at Kenmore, as well as Mount Vernon. Paint was very expensive in the 17th century, and was often a sign of wealth. 9/15 Sarah Pixley The kitchen was located in a separate building, to reduce the risk of fire in the main house, and to prevent it from getting too hot in the summer. 10/15 Sarah Pixley The kitchen was only frequented by the slaves. 11/15 Sarah Pixley This is a 19th-century mouse trap. Really. 12/15 Sarah Pixley Once a 1,400-acre plantation, Kenmore now sits on just four acres. Visitors are welcome to explore the gardens and grounds. 13/15 Sarah Pixley Is your home built this sturdy? We doubt it. 14/15 Sarah Pixley A canon shot mortar through this window during the Civil War, striking the wall behind it and landing near the entrance of home. 15/15 Sarah Pixley The Ferry Farm -- the boyhood home of George Washington -- is located nearby. You can purchase a combination ticket if you want to tour both. 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!