George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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George Washington Lecture Series

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters
1201 Caroline Street
Tuesdays, May 7, 14, and 21
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

May 7 -Drinking with the Washingtons: Archaeological Evidence for Colonial Imbibing at Ferry Farm
Mara Kaktins, Archaeology Lab Supervisor at The George Washington Foundation

Various drinking vessels have been excavated at Ferry Farm, which help to understand what beverages were being consumed by the Washington family. From punches to fine teas, what you drank was of incredible importance to gentry families of the colonial era and proper drink equipage was a must. This talk will also explore how consumption of alcoholic beverages was a fixture of eighteenth-century life from cradle to grave.

May 14 - Food in the Eighteenth Century 
Deborah Lawton, Park Ranger at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Where's the beef? This talk will explore the new dishes and changing tastes that marked the foodways of the eighteenth century.

May 21 - The Social Role of Garbage in Colonial Virginia
David Muraca, Director of Archaeology at The George Washington Foundation

Disgusting.  Gross. Odorific. All these words apply to the modern understanding of garbage. Colonial Virginians had fundamentally different ideas about their garbage habits and the role it played in everyday life. This talk will explore some of the aspects of colonial waste disposal and put these practices into a larger context that in turn may make modern persons question their own sense of normalcy.      

Birding Tour of Ferry Farm

Birding TourGeorge Washington's Ferry Farm
Saturday, May 11

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Join members of the Fredericksburg Birding Club for a morning walk through the Ferry Farm grounds during spring migration. Participants will see birds that are passing through, as well as those who have arrived at Ferry Farm for the summer. Bring your own binoculars.

Cost: Regular admission; $9 adults, $4.50 students.

For more information, please call (540) 370-0732 or email

Discovering Kenmore: Tour with the Expert
From Dirt to the Dining Table:  How Archaeology Informs Tea and Tableware Choices in Historic Kenmore

Ceramics TourHistoric Kenmore
Wednesday, June 5
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

On the first Wednesday of every month, take a tour of Kenmore with our history experts as they uncover the mysteries of Kenmore.

Mara Kaktins, the ceramics and glass specialist for The George Washington Foundation, will lead the June tour as she discusses how archaeology has informed many of the choices for eighteenth century table and teawares throughout the Kenmore mansion. Visitors will get a close up look at the actual archaeological specimens excavated from the Kenmore grounds, and be able to compare them with the wares that adorn the tables, desks, mantles, and china cabinets within the house.

$12 adults, $6 students

Reservations are encouraged as space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more information and reservations, please call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

First Friday at Kenmore

First FridayHistoric Kenmore
Friday, June 7
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kenmore is excited to participate in Fredericksburg First Friday, which is a local event supporting local studios and galleries throughout downtown Fredericksburg. Jump on the free trolley and stop by Kenmore!

See an exhibit by local artist Karen O'Brien in the Crowninshield Museum building, just to the left of the front gate. Tour the gallery to see Kenmore's art collection, displays of eighteenth-century furniture, and decorative arts. The Kenmore mansion will be closed. This event is free.

Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore

Twelfth Night
Historic Kenmore
Saturdays and Sundays: June 8, 9, 15 & 16
7:00 p.m.

Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore returns this June with four performances of Twelfth Night. Bursting with vitality and romance, the comedy gives us one of Shakespeare’s most remarkable heroines Viola, who matches wits with a host of captivating characters—from the love-struck Olivia to the puritanical Malvolio. 

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.

Advanced tickets are not needed and tickets can be purchased at the event.

Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

Fourth of JulyThursday, July 4
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Celebrate Independence Day at George Washington’s boyhood home! Tour the Washington house, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War reenactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, view living history demonstrations and theatre performances, and participate in educational programs, crafts, games, and hands-on activities for the whole family.

Cost: $1 per person
Parking: Eagles Lodge - 21 Cool Springs Road Fredericksburg, VA 22405 (Handicap parking available at Ferry Farm.)
Shuttles run between the Eagles Lodge, Ferry Farm, and Downtown Fredericksburg.

Thank you to event sponsors:
Hirschler Fleischer
Lewis Insurance Associates
Paragon Theater/Splitsville
B101.5 WBQB/NewsTalk1230 WFVA

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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