George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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George Washington: Boy Before Legend - Lecture Series
Introducing the New Ferry Farm

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401
FREE EVENT. All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 5th: Building George’s House
Dave Muraca, Vice President, Museum Content
For the last eighteen months, Ferry Farm has witnessed the careful reconstruction of the Washington House, using traditional techniques. This talk will review the archaeology that made this possible and present the work of the skilled craftsmen building George’s house.

Tuesday, September 12th: The Mother of the Father of Our Country
Laura Galke, Artifact Analyst/Field Director
Historical documents and newly-unearthed artifacts indicate that Washington’s mother faced challenges, governed her home, and managed the family’s plantations with a skill and determination that recent biographers have not appreciated. The Washingtons’ investments in attire, furnishings, and landscape modification reflect their strategy for overcoming setbacks and exhibiting British colonial refinement.

Tuesday, September 19th: The Rooms at Ferry Farm
Meghan Budinger, Director, Curatorial Operations
In recent years, historical accuracy in historic house museums has become a primary focus of the curator’s presentation to the public. And how we know what we know about the past has become almost as interesting as the objects we curate. As such, curators are not only decorative arts scholars, but have adopted skills from genealogists, architectural historians, material culturalists, scientists and investigative reporters. The Washington house at Ferry Farm and the effort to accurately furnish its rooms is a prime example of the synthesis of all of these vocations.

For more information, please call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or email

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Day

George Washington's Ferry FarmDeaf and Hard of Hearing Day
Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring a guided tour led by Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor Melanie Marquis and translated by ReBecca Bennett using American Sign Language:

Reservations are not required. Regular admission.

Washington House Celebration 

Washington House CelebrationGeorge Washington's Ferry Farm
Saturday, October 7, 2017
12:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Mark your calendars to celebrate the construction of the Washington house! A special ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. featuring notable speakers. After the ceremony, guests will be invited to view the reconstructed Washington house!

Parking for the event is at the VRE Fredericksburg Park and Ride Lot at 406 Lafayette Blvd. Limited handicap parking is available at Ferry Farm. Buses will transport guests to and from Ferry Farm.

The Washington House Celebration is a free event and RSVPs are not required.

Home School DayHome School Day

Historic Kenmore
Friday, October 13, 2017
10:00 a.m. - Noon

Activities include: crafts, learning about colonial life, scavenger hunt, tour of Kenmore mansion, colonial games and chores, hearth cooking demonstration, drilling with a Revolutionary War soldier, and coloring table for younger siblings.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds after the program!

$5 per person. Children ages 4 and under are free.
Please register in advance. Call 540-370-0732 x 24 or

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.

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.