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Lewis Store - 1200 Caroline St. Fredericksburg, VA

Current Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc Headquarters

 When John Lewis, a planter from eastern VA, built this store in 1749, a consumer revolution was dawning. He set his younger son, Fielding Lewis, up as a shopkeeper here.

Fielding Lewis inherited the store and other considerable wealth in 1754 not long after he married   George Washington's sister, Betty.

In 1808, a complete second story was added; in 1820, the store was converted into a residence.

HFFI (Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc.) restored this building to its 1828 configuration at a cost of near $800,000 and made the site its headquarters.

Historic Fredericksburg Foundation Inc. Web Site Link:  www.hffi.org