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The George Washington Foundation offers an exciting range of short programs and extended day camps for children. Advance registration is required.

Note: Programs marked with a redline are full.

Ferry Farm Workshops

I Dig George - try archaeology! Children dig, wash, and mend “artifacts” they "excavate" in educational mock digs at Ferry Farm.

Summer Camps

History Camp in Historic Fredericksburg

Explore history and follow in the footsteps of George Washington, his family, and his friends. Enjoy hands-on activities, projects, and games at the Rising Sun Tavern, George Washington's Ferry Farm, Mary Washington House, Historic Kenmore, and Hugh Mercer Apothecary. Learn about Colonial food, medicine, and daily life. For rising 3rd through 6th graders (ages 8-12).

Sponsored by The George Washington Foundation & Washington Heritage Museums.

June 20-24 ~ ages 8-12 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $135 per child, $125 if registered by May 15

Archaeology Camp

Become an amateur archaeologist! Participants dig, wash, and mend “artifacts” they “excavate” in educational mock digs at Ferry Farm. They also visit the archaeology laboratory and learn about interpretation and conservation of artifacts.

George Washington's Ferry Farm
July 14-15 ~ ages 6-8 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
July 19-22 ~ ages 9-12 ~ 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $100 per child ages 9-12, $50 per child ages 6-8

Shakespeare Camp

The George Washington Foundation invites young people (ages 12-15) to spend a week getting to know the Bard, in the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death! Campers learn about George Washington’s love of the theater and the performances that he viewed in 18th-century Virginia. Young thespians are instructed in warm-up exercises, the language of Shakespeare, stage combat, make up, and costuming. The week culminates in a performance of selected scenes from Shakespeare’s plays on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Historic Kenmore
July 25-29 ~ ages 12-15 ~ 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $150 per child

For additional details or to register for any of these programs, please call
(540) 370-0732, ext. 24
or send email to