George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Night in Washington’s Day

NIght in Washington's DayHistoric Kenmore
Saturday, September 14


At Night in Washington’s Day, explore the night sky’s history through constellation stories well-known to early Americans, learn about eighteenth-century lighting inside Kenmore’s candlelit dining room, and witness two enslaved women using night to plan an escape in a dramatic theater scene. This special hour-long guided tour departs Kenmore’s visitor center at 8:00pm. The event is "rain or shine."

After the guided tour, visitors can gaze at the full moon through a telescope, make a night sky-themed craft to take home, and enjoy cookies and cider.

$12.00 adults; $6.00 students; free, ages 3 and under.

Reservations recommended. Call 540-370-0732 x24 or email

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Day

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Day George Washington's Ferry Farm
Sunday, October 6
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring a guided tour led by Archaeology Department Conservation Coordinator Melanie Marquis and interpreted by ReBecca Bennett using American Sign Language:

Reservations are not required. Regular admission.

ArchaeoFest: Exploring Ancient Technology at Ferry Farm


George Washington's Ferry Farm
Saturday, October 26
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Experimental Archaeology demonstrations begin at 11am
$9 adults, $4.50 students, under age 6, free

Fredericksburg is famous for its colonial and Civil War history – but what about before that history?  Decades of archaeological excavations at George Washington’s Ferry Farm have revealed millennia of human development and technology from pre-historic Native American Clovis spearpoints to eighteenth-century wig curlers and beyond. 

At ArchaeoFest, enjoy a family-friendly day focused on early human technology! Scheduled demonstrations by members of EXARC, a global network of experimental archaeology professionals and other experts, include flint knapping, using atlatl spears, making Viking glass beads, creating ancient musical instruments, 18th century stone carving, and much more.

Dive into hands-on activities like an archaeological dig, see a sampling of the thousands of Native American artifacts excavated at Ferry Farm, and visit with members of the Patawomeck tribe.

Presented by members of the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference and by The George Washington Foundation.

ArchaeoFest ArcheoFest

First Friday at Kenmore

First Friday Historic Kenmore
Friday, November 1
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kenmore is excited to participate in Fredericksburg First Friday, which is an event supporting local studios and galleries throughout downtown Fredericksburg. Jump on the free trolley and stop by Kenmore!

See an exhibit by local artist Curtis Poorman in the Crowninshield Museum building, just to the left of the front gate. Tour the gallery to see Kenmore's art collection, displays of eighteenth-century furniture, and decorative arts. The Kenmore mansion will be closed.

This event is free.

Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore

Available March through December

  • Play “I Spy Kenmore”
  • Discover fun facts about history
  • Visit a period kitchen
  • Learn about food in the 18th century at Kenmore
  • 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.

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