Mary Washington Monument
Originally commissioned by President Andrew Jackson, this monument is dedicated the the memory of Mary Ball Washington, the mother of George Washington. Mary was buried in this location in 1789. The monument lays blocks away from her daughter's home, the Kenmore Plantation. The monument was originally commissioned to be built in 1833, but was not finished until 1893. The grounds were landscaped in 1937 by Italian artist Alden Hopkins.
Backstory and Context
President Andrew Jackson dedicated the first monument to the "Mother of Washington" in 1833. The monument was never completed however, after the primary donor and the contractor each died a few years later. The unfinished stone obelisk lay in pieces for the next sixty years. In response to attempts to auction off the property in 1889, the National Mary Washington Monument Association of Fredericksburg and the National Mary Washington Memorial Association were established to finish the monument. After some debate, it was decided to install an entire new obelisk, as the unassembled original had deteriorated. The new monument was completed in 1893 and rededicated by President Grover Cleveland.