Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Building George’s House

Saturday, May 23 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 27 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 25 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visit Ferry Farm to learn about the skills needed to build the Washington house in the 1700s! Mark your calendar for a series of historic trades demonstrations led by knowledgeable craftspeople from across Virginia.

Demonstration and children’s activity included with admission to Ferry Farm.

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore

Saturdays: June 13 & 20, 7:00 p.m.
Sundays: June 14 & 21, 7:00 p.m.

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore returns this June with four performances of the popular drama, King Lear, performed by The Fredericksburg Players, directed by Fred Franklin.

King Lear is one of Shakespeare’s most heart-breaking tragedies—the story of a father who puts his faith in his two treacherous, elder daughters while casting out his youngest daughter, the only one that he truly loves. The play features conniving relatives and secret plots. It concludes with the deaths of the King’s advisor, all three of his daughters, and of course, Lear himself.

Arrive early to tour the mansion (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.) and view the refurnishing project in progress. Bring folding chairs or a blanket, and a picnic!

Admission: $10 adults, $5 students.

A special thank you to Lewis Insurance Associates as a sponsor of Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore

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History Camp in Fredericksburg

June 22-26, 2015
For rising third through sixth graders - ages 8-12
9:00 a.m. to noon

Explore history and follow in the footsteps of George Washington, his family, and his friends! Learn about colonial food, medicine, and daily life in eighteenth-century Fredericksburg. Enjoy hands-on activities, projects, and games at the Rising Sun Tavern, George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, the Mary Washington House, Historic Kenmore, and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary.

$135 per child

Sponsored by The George Washington Foundation & Washington Heritage Museums.

To register, please call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or email

Educators' Workshop: Beyond Standardized Tests

July 27-30 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

Go behind the scenes at Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm to observe how museum professionals research and develop exhibits and interpretation for a variety of audiences. Learn to apply the principles of museum exhibit design to lessons in the classroom, creating deeper learning experiences for students. This workshop provides 28 re-certification points.

Cost: $75

For additional information and to register, email or phone 540-370-0732 x24.

Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore

Available March through December

  • Play “I Spy Kenmore”
  • Discover fun facts about history
  • Smell the aromas of an 18th-century kitchen
  • Learn what Kenmore residents ate
  • For adults and children ages 4-12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • $10 adults;
    $8 children

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 x24 or send email to

Don't forget about our terrific school programs!

Available both on-site at Kenmore and Ferry Farm and in local school classrooms.

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.