The Lewis Store

The Lewis Store (HM30)

Location: Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 18.35', W 77° 27.656'

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1749 · Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. · Restoration in 2002.

Councilor John Lewis (1694-1754) of Warner Hall in Gloucester County purchased 406 ac. at Fredericksburg's northern edge in 1742 and soon began a mercantile operation in wooden buildings just across Caroline Street.

In 1749 he built this brick store, distinguished by its stone quoins. His son Fielding Lewis (1725-1781), who married George Washington's sister Betty, ran this mercantile arm of the family's extensive shipping operations.

William S. Stone, William Taylor, and Robert Mackay, among others, were later merchants in this store. When the Fredericksburg Fire of 1807 damaged the original story and a half structure, it was repaired and a second floor was added.

The building changed from commercial to residential use in 1823. It remained a private residence until it was given to the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation in 1996.
HM NumberHM30
Placed ByHistoric Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 3:50pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284821 N 4242614
Decimal Degrees38.30583333, -77.46093333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 18.35', W 77° 27.656'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 18' 21.00" N, 77° 27' 39.36" W
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Area Code(s)540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1201 Caroline St, Fredericksburg VA 22401, US
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