George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Kenmore Lecture Series at Central Rappahannock Regional Library

Kenmore4 Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 1 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Betty Washington Lewis & Women's Health in the 18th Century 

Betty Washington Lewis gave birth to 11 children; a feat almost unheard of today. This talk will explore Betty’s journey from childhood to womanhood, from maiden to mother, and medical challenges that all 18th-century women faced. A cradle to grave examination of women’s heath tells us of the strength and resilience of Betty Washington Lewis and other women who endured at time without anesthetics or knowledge of germs. 

Presenter: Kelly Brennan Arehart, Ph.D. 
Manager of Interpretation and Visitor Services for The George Washington Foundation

Tuesday, May 8 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Credit and Coinage: The Economy in Colonial Virginia

Meet Col. Fielding Lewis as he shares the secrets of how he amassed his fortune. Transatlantic trade, credit, and the tobacco economy all converged to make Col. Lewis a successful and prominent businessman in the City of Fredericksburg. With the coming of the Revolutionary war, his financial situation changed and so did the colonial economy; leaving Col. Lewis behind. 

Presenter: David Arehart 
Colonial Williamsburg site supervisor

Tuesday, May 15 - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Kenmore Curiosities: A Special Look at Kenmore’s Collection 

The beautiful furnishings on display at Kenmore barely scratch the surface of Kenmore’s fabulous collection. In a very special presentation, the George Washington Foundation’s curator will talk about some of the most exciting and unusual objects that are rarely seen by the public. She will also explain some of the behind the scenes work that goes into curating Kenmore. 

Presenter: Meghan Budinger
Director of Curatorial Operations for The George Washington Foundation

These lecture are FREE and hosted at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library at 1201 Caroline Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Birding Tour of Ferry Farm

Birding Tour

Saturday, May 5
7:45 a.m. - 10:30 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
Reservations required. For more information and reservations, please call (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or email

Tea and Tour: The Ladies of Kenmore

Ladies of KenmoreSaturday, May 12
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Visit Historic Kenmore for a special Tea and Tour focusing on the many generations of ladies who have called Kenmore home! Enjoy Kenmore tea and gingerbread while experiencing eighteenth-century tea service first hand. See the first floor of the mansion, learning the history of the grand 1775 home through vignettes, and meet a few of the extraordinary ladies of Kenmore along the way as part of this dramatic tour.

Cost: $20 Adults; $10 under 17
Reservations required. Limited availability. For more information and reservations, please call (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or email

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.