Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore

Shakespeare on the LawnJune 10, 11, 17 & 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore returns this June for its fourteenth year with four performances of Much Ado About Nothing—one of Shakespeare's best-known plays. Its comedic story, which continues to strike a chord with modern audiences, centers around relationships between men and women. The outdoor production is set in an eighteenth-century style—as if a young George Washington is in the audience!

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

Cost: $10 adults; $5 students.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Come early and enjoy your own picnic on the lawn. Tours of the mansion offered from 5:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., with performances starting at 7:00 p.m.

Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

Fourth of JulyJuly 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate a special Independence Day – with the Washington house under construction – at George Washington’s boyhood home! Talk with educators about early-American building methods, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War
re-enactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, and participate in educational programs, crafts and games, and hands-on activities for the whole family—as part of this year’s event theme “Building America”.

Cost: $1 per person
Parking: Eagles Lodge - 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405
Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge and Ferry Farm.

Educator Institute: The Past is a Foreign Land

George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic KenmoreEducator Workshop

July 24-28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The eighteenth century is a “foreign land”. “Travel back” to colonial Virginia with the staff of The George Washington Foundation and learn about the primary sources and archaeological and historical research used to recreate George Washington’s boyhood home, restore Historic Kenmore, and develop interpretive programming. The Institute covers a variety of topics, including primary and secondary sources, social hierarchy in early America, economy, politics and government, foodways, culture, religion, slavery, and teaching strategies and resources.

Cost: $75 per person 
To register, please contact Vickie Hayes: 540-370-0732, ext. 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.