Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

Saturday: July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day at the place where George Washington spent his boyhood years. Visit the Washington house archaeology site and learn about Phase 1 construction at Ferry Farm. This year’s theme, “Let Freedom Ring” honors home and country with a variety of activities and entertainment for the entire family. At the Fourth of July at Ferry Farm, guests enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War re-enactors, visit with members of the Patawomeck tribe, and participate in educational programs, crafts and games, and hands-on activities for the whole family, including a July Fourth hat contest!

Ongoing Activities
Tell Your Ferry Farm Story Signing the Declaration of Independence
Civil War Cart (Visitor Center) Face Painting
Patawomeck Indians Demonstration Garden
Civil War Reenactors George's Western Adventure
Spanish Regiment Reenactors Misting Tent
Hands-on History Historic Trades Demonstrations
Games Archaeology Site
Crafts 23rd Regiment United States Colored Troops
Duck Game (after 3:00 p.m.)
Maze Fredericksburg Spinners & Weavers Guild

Free parking at Eagles Lodge, 21 Cool Springs Road, with shuttle service to Ferry Farm—ride a trolley to/from Eagles Lodge or the Heritage Festival downtown (handicapped parking at Ferry Farm). Download map to parking site.

Food vendors on site.

$1 per person (under age 2 free). Please: no pets, coolers, or alcohol.

A special thank you to the Foundation’s sponsors for this event, including: Splitsville, Stafford County Tourism, and B101.5 WBQB/ NewsTalk1230 WFVA.


Volunteers Needed for the Fourth of July at Ferry Farm!

Please contact the Foundation at 540-370-0732 ext. 22 or for information on helping at this Independence Day event. Opportunities include assisting with children’s games and crafts or event set-up/take-down as well as welcoming visitors and distributing programs. Consider volunteering together as a business, community, or civic group!

Building George’s House

Saturday, July 25 - 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visit Ferry Farm to learn about the skills needed to build the Washington house in the 1700s! Mark your calendar for a series of historic trades demonstrations led by knowledgeable craftspeople from across Virginia.

  • July 25 – John Friedrichs, brick masonry

Demonstration and children’s activity included with admission to Ferry Farm.

Educators Workshop: Beyond Standardized Tests

July 27-30 - 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day

Go behind the scenes at Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm to observe how museum professionals research and develop exhibits and interpretation for a variety of audiences. Learn to apply the principles of museum exhibit design to lessons in the classroom, creating deeper learning experiences for students. This workshop provides 28 re-certification points.

Cost: $75

For additional information and to register, email or phone 540-370-0732 x24.

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.