Finding Bell's Best Brown Ale in Fredericksburg
Bell's Best Brown Ale is from Bell's brewery in Minnisota, however we first discovered in while in Fredericksburg Virginia. We had not seen this microbrew in our hometown of Baltimore. So finding this beer we had to try it. It was more to Mark's taste than mine as it was dark and very hoppy. If your in Fredericksburg and see it you might want to give it a try. Mark really enjoyed the flavor.
Kenmore, Part I
“It is the desire of The Kenmore Association of Fredericksburg, Va., to save Kenmore. Because of its association with Washington, because of its historic interest, because of its beauty, we are making an appeal to the nation to help us, for its connection with Washington makes it a national asset. Unlike many of the noted colonial mansions, it is easy of access on the Dixie Highway, between Washington and Richmond, and could be made a shrine and a memorial for all America. The price is thirty thousand dollars. This is an endeavor started by a few earnest women to preserve Kenmore for future generations, with all its history and all its beauty. All donations are recorded and will be returned if we fail, but America will not fail.”
— from the official circular of the Kenmore Association, Mrs. Vivian Minor Fleming, President
THANK YOU, MRS. FLEMING Organized in 1922, the Kenmore Assocation saved a very important piece of Colonial architecture. The owner of Kenmore, Elmer Grimsley Heflin, had subdivided the property and built modern houses there. And the red brick manor house was slated for destruction. Mrs. Fleming and other Fredericksburg residents rallied to save Kenmore, its house and what remained of its grounds.
Fredericksburg: A Sweet Little Town
“Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”
— George Washington (1732-1799)
Fredericksburg figures in the first 100 years of American history. It plays a role in the American War for Independence and the War of Northern Aggression, as the American Civil War is, or has been, known in the American South.
It is also one darn sweet little town.
It offers charm mixed with history that deserves to be sampled. Some of its historic offerings are the home of Mary Washington, mother of George. The Kenmore (with no connection to the appliance brand marketed and sold by Sears) estate is near to Mrs. Washington's last domicile. Kenmore was the estate of her son-in-law, Fielding Lewis, and her daughter Elizabeth, known as Betty.
One the other side of the Rappahannock River are Chatham, a house museum that touched the lives of four presidents and Ferry Farm, George Washington's boyhood home.
The streets of downtown are lined with shops, restaurants and filled with locals and tourists alike.
A truly exquisit example of Colonial Georgian architecture. The ornamental plaster ceilings throughout the ground floor are breathtaking. Visit and take them in.
Chatham and its grounds and garden are restful, inviting and lovely, giving no hint at the central, bloody roll they played as the War Between the States raged in the area.