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The Science of History:
Reinterpreting Historic Houses in the 21st
A symposium at Historic Kenmore
Saturday: March 22, 2014 - 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Historic houses are undergoing exciting changes as forensic science, archaeology, and historic research help museums present an increasingly vivid picture of life in times past.
Join preeminent professionals in the museum field for presentations on notable projects in Virginia historic houses, including refurnishing Historic Kenmore.
Easter Egg Hunts at Historic Kenmore
These one-hour programs for groups of 10 or more children include an Easter egg story time, a craft activity to decorate a bag for collecting eggs, and an Easter egg hunt on the grounds of Kenmore. By reservation. Times are flexible.
- Offered March 31 - April 18, 2014
- $10 per child in groups of 10-15
Pre-schools and play groups, please call (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 for reservations.
Betty's Story: Storm Clouds Over Kenmore
Saturday: April 5, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Performance times: 4:00 p.m., 4:40 p.m., 5:20 p.m., & 6:00 p.m. by reservation
Sunday: April 6, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Performance times: 3:00 p.m., 3:40 p.m., & 4:20 p.m. by reservation
What would you sacrifice for freedom? Step back in time at Historic Kenmore and watch Betty and Fielding Lewis come to life within the walls of the mansion. Betty's Story: Storm Clouds Over Kenmore is a theatrical production, based on primary sources, that takes visitors on a journey through the years following the American Revolution.
This special program is the second in a series of performances that interprets pivotal moments in the lives of the Lewis family, friends, and their enslaved community. Visitors will gain a new perspective of the sacrifices that were made for independence by our forefathers and their families. Guests will also be invited to enjoy gingerbread and tea in the Fleming Smith Room and to tour the Kenmore gardens.Space is limited for the performances.
Cost: $10 adults, $5 17 and under
Reservations: (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Combine your tour with high tea and/or dinner at the Kenmore Inn.
- High tea, Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - $15 per person
- Dinner, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. - $30 per person
- High tea, Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. - $15 per person
- Dinner, Sunday at 5:30 pm - $30 per person
Reservations preferred for the high tea and required for dinner. Please call the Kenmore Inn at (540) 371-7622.
Native Plant Walk at Ferry Farm
Saturday: April 12, 10:30 a.m.
A wide variety of trees, herbs, and weeds were used by American Indians and the colonists for medicine, food, and many other needs. This tour, led by staff archaeologist Mara Kaktins, will focus on native plants as well as invasive plants introduced by the Europeans, with an emphasis on the role non-native species play in interpreting archaeological landscapes.
Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for an approximately one-mile-long walk.
Cost: Regular admission
The George Washington Foundation offers an exciting range of short programs and extended day camps for children starting in July. Programs include:
- I Dig George
- Play & Work at the Plantation
- History Camp
- Archaeology Camp
Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore
Date/Time: by reservation. Registration for weekdays—24 hours in advance; registration for weekends—1 week in advance.
To register, please call (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or send email
Don't forget about our terrific school programs!
Available both on-site at Kenmore and Ferry Farm and in local school classrooms.
- Ferry Farm and Kenmore Programs (Grades K-5)
- In-School Programs (Grades K-5)
- Pre-school Workshops (Ages 4&5)
Birthday Parties at Ferry Farm and Kenmore!
Treat your child, age 5 to 10, and his or her friends to a birthday party at George Washington's Ferry Farm or Historic Kenmore! Learn more.
Please Note: A staff photographer is usually present at public events. Photos taken by the staff photographer at these events may be used by the Foundation for marketing and promotional purposes. Your attendance at the event implies permission for the Foundation to use these photos and the Foundation owns the copyright for all such photos.