George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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31st Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

Gingerbread Contest and ExhibitGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 3-30
(Closed December 24 and 25)

A long-standing holiday tradition! Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm!

This year's theme is "Historic Sites in Virginia."

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit: $9 adults, $4.50 students, under 6 free. Exhibit only: $4.50 adults, $2.25 students, under 6 free.

Download the contest rules and registration form.

For more information or to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

31st Annual Gingerbread House Contest 2017 Winners

Level 1: Age 2-5
1st: Entry 17 – Samantha Wainwright – LOVE at Humpback Bridge

Level 2: Age 6-10

1st: Entry 11 – Sebastian & Tatiana Hichborn, Joel, Sam & Dan Hansen – Sweeney-Connor Cabin at Appomattox Courthouse National Park
2nd: Entry 4 – CJ Crocker – Cape Henry Lighthouse
3rd: Entry 3 – Gloria & Jessica Tignor – Historical Home of Pocahontas

Level 3: Age 11-14

1st: Entry 19 – Freedom Middle School German Club – Hugh Mercer Apothecary
2nd: Entry 10 – Lydia & Nathan Hansen, Sonya Hichborn – Governor’s Mansion in Richmond, VA
3rd: Entry 14 – Grace Lewter – Arlington National Cemetery

Level 4: Age 15-17

1st: Entry 9 – Chancellor High School German Club – 1700 German Farm
2nd: Entry 8 – Savannah Dodson – Cape Henry Lighthouse

Level 5: Age 18 & over

1st: Entry 15 – John & Florence Simmers – Frascati in Orange, VA
2nd: Entry 18 – Jonathan Nguyen – Poplar Springs
3rd: Entry 7 – Susan Dodson – Carl’s Ice Cream

Level 6: Family Made

1st: Entry 13 – Valerie Jackson & family – Humpback Bridge
2nd: Entry 5 – Angela Saathoff – Norfolk, VA Pagoda
3rd: Entry 21 – Hannah & Nathalie Rowlette - Montpelier

Level 7: Special Needs

1st: Entry 1 – Ni River Middle School Special Ed – Kenmore Plantation
2nd: Entry 12 – Rebekah Eaton & Parkside Elementary ECSE Class – Ferry Farm

Best in Show: Entry 15 – John & Florence Simmers –
Frascati in Orange, VA

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

A Wee ChristmasHistoric Kenmore
December 3-30
(Closed December 24 and 25)

Visit Kenmore this holiday season for an exhibit of highly detailed, replica dollhouses - including the mansion - and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Share memories of your dollhouse with your family as you explore life in miniature! Put your mind and eye to the test with our “I Spy Miniatures” challenge – fun for young and old alike!

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission to Kenmore and exhibit: $12 adults, $6 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $6 adults, $3 students, under 6 free

Please consider loaning your treasure for this show! Email sherman@gwffoundation.orgor call 540-370-0732 x22 for more information.

Twelfth Night at Kenmore—A Dramatic Theatre Presentation

Twelfth NightHistoric Kenmore
Friday, January 5
Saturday, January 6

Sunday, January 7, 2018

In the eighteenth century, December 25 was but the start of Christmas, a roughly two-week period of celebration that ended in early January on Twelfth Night. This final night often featured the most festivity of the holiday season, if not of the entire year. 

In Twelfth Night at Kenmore, the year is January 1776. It is the first Christmas that Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis celebrate in their newly built home. It is not the usual joyous atmosphere, however. The Revolutionary War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family and their friends.

Immerse yourself in the candlelight, music, and decorations of a colonial-American Christmas!

Performance times: 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 ages 3-17; free ages 3 and under.

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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