The Lewis Family Descendants will meet for our fourth “Heritage Weekend” this upcoming year in Fredericksburg, Virginia, 13-15 June 2014. Our first reunion was held in Fredericksburg in 2010 and allowed us to exchange family stories and visit ancestral homes to include the site of Washington farm, the Lewis plantation (Kenmore) and the home of Mary Ball Washington. Our second heritage weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia, focused on the early years of Fielding Lewis. In 2012, the family gathered in Alexandria, Virginia, and visited Mount Vernon (including the mill and distillery), Arlington House (where Lawrence Lewis died while visiting George Washington Parke Custis (his brother-in-law) as well as Woodlawn, the home of Lawrence and Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis, where we had a colonial dining experience. We attended services at Pohick Church before concluding our reunion weekend at Mount Vernon where we honored our ancestor George Washington with the placement of a wreath at his tomb…the tomb where Lawrence Lewis is also buried. This upcoming Heritage Weekend promises to include the fellowship of other Lewis descendants and an opportunity to visit places special to the Lewis family.
We will again celebrate Betty Washington Lewis’ birthday (20 June 1733) as we visit her homes (Lewis plantation – Kenmore and the site of her later home Mill Brook) as well her grave (located at the site of the home of her daughter Betty Lewis and son-in-law Charles Carter known as Western View in Culpeper, Virginia).
Plans are in the works for a special tour and dinner at Kenmore for Friday evening with a return the following evening for a Shakespearian play on the lawns of Kenmore. The plays were initially selected from those it is known George Washington attended while in Fredericksburg and became increasingly popular that the plays continue. We will also view the site of the Fredericksburg Armory (later converted to the Fredericksburg Academy); Alum Springs (the site of the Lewis Mill and possibly distillery); Marmion (the home of George and Catherine Daingerfield Lewis) and the family cemetery; Willis Cemetery (the burial site of George and Catherine Daingerfield Lewis); the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge No. 4 (where Fielding Lewis and George Washington were members) and the cemetery (where Robert Lewis is buried); and the Mary Ball Washington House as well as Mediation Rock (where Mary Ball Washington is buried). On Sunday, we will conclude our Heritage Weekend with the opportunity to attend services at St. George’s Episcopal Chuch as a family followed by lunch (tentatively scheduled is the Riverboat Brunch).
We look forward to you joining us! We have a group rate under “Lewis Family Descendants Heritage Weekend” at Courtyard Fredericksburg Historic District of $149 per night. Contact the hotel directly to make arrangement for your room. The reservation number is (800) 321-2211. For the tour and meals, please complete the enclosed form to reserve your space.
Please return the enclosed form and the registration fee of $250 per person (member/spouse); $280 per person (non-member); and $175 per person (children under age 12) to:
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