Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Native Plant Walk at Ferry Farm

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:30 a.m.

Staff archaeologist, Mara Kaktins, leads this one-hour tour that focuses on ways Native and Colonial Americans utilized plants in their daily lives for medicinal purposes, sustenance, and a variety of other practices.Those who came before us made use of a surprisingly wide array of trees, herbs, and weeds! Although native plants are highlighted, invasive plants introduced by Europeans are also discussed, including their worth to colonists and the role non-native species play in interpreting archaeological landscapes.

Wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for a one-mile, one-hour long walk. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the self-guided iPad tour of Ferry Farm after the conclusion of the plant walk.

Cost: Regular admission
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the tour may be cancelled. Please call 540-370-0732.

Betty's Goodbye to Kenmore

Saturday, September 20
Performance times: 5:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., and 6:30 p.m.

Betty's Goodbye to KenmoreThis dramatic presentation, based on historical documents, focuses on Betty Washington Lewis, her family, and enslaved community. Betty lived at Kenmore from 1775 until 1795. In 1770, she and her husband, Fielding, began construction of the mansion. By 1775, when the house was completed, war with England was on the horizon and Fielding’s shipping business and his health were in decline. Fielding’s investment in the war created debts that could not be repaid, and the financial strain worsened with his untimely death in 1781.

In this performance, Betty Washington Lewis is preparing to leave her home for the final time. Forced to move because of accumulating debt, Betty walks through the house with Pompy, her house servant, giving final instructions to ensure that the move will go smoothly. Imagine the heartbreak that Betty Washington Lewis felt as she walked through the rooms of her beloved Kenmore. What will the future hold for Betty, her family, and enslaved community?

Cost: $10 adults; $5 age 17 and under

Please call 540-370-0732 x24 for reservations.

Home School Days

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Rain date Thursday, September 25)

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the grounds after the program

Historic Kenmore
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(Rain date Friday, October 3)

For children age 5 and over. $5 per child for each Home School Day.

Reservations preferred. 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or

Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore

  • 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)
  • Available March through December
  • $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 ext. 24 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.