Brompton was named for a town in England that a member of the Marye family,who would later own the property, took refuge in and later relocated to America and settled in Fredericksburg. [1. Edward Alvey Jr., History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972 (United States of America: The University Press of Virginia, 1974), 294-295.]
Brompton changed hands many times over the years. In fact, Brompton once belonged to Fielding Lewis, who was married to one of George Washington’s sisters.[2. The George Washington Foundation, “Fielding Lewis,” The George Washington Foundation: Fielding Lewis,http://kenmore.org/genealogy/lewis/fielding_lewis.html (accessed January 9, 2013).]Eventually, the building became the property of the Marye family. The date the original building was built is unknown however it is believed that the main portion of the house was constructed in the mid 1700’s.[3. Edward Alvey Jr., History of Mary Washington College 1908-1972 (United States of America: The University Press of Virginia, 1974), 294-295.]
Brompton played a large role in the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. It was in the middle of the battle, even being used as a command post for Col. James Walton, a commander in the Confederate army. It is still said that you can see the bullet holes in the bricks if you get close enough. It also served as a hospital later in the war.[4. Donald C. Pfanz, “Brompton: Front Door On the Battle,” Fredericksburg Star, July 21,2001. http://fredericksburg.com/CivilWar/Battle/0721CW (accessed March 31, 2012).] Today Brompton is the home of the President of the University of Mary Washington.