George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Colonial Theater - The Lying Valet Colonial Theatre

Historic Kenmore
October 19 & 20 at 7 p.m.
October 21 at 2 p.m.

The George Washington Foundation presents The Lying Valet performed by the Fredericksburg Theatrical Society.

The Lying Valet by David Garrick was first performed in London in 1741, and was performed many times in the Colonies. A young George Washington saw his first play on June 2, 1752 at June Faire in Fredericksburg performed by the Murray-Kean Company as noted in his ledger. The Lying Valet was one of the plays in their repertoire. 

William Gayless has lost all of his money after a series of bad choices. Left only with one chair, Gayless attempts to rectify his situation by marrying the rich young lady Melissa, whom he has come to care for, despite the advice of his servant. Timothy Sharp, Gayless’ lying valet, finds himself weaving a few lies to save face for his master, all the while Kitty Pry, a servant to Melissa, attempts to uncover the truth. One thing leads to another as Sharp finds himself caught on the brink of disaster, and it looks as though Gayless will never have a wedding. Will everything end happily, or will lies, consumption, Frenchmen, drunk cooks, half truths, and a significant lack of funds ruin the whole plot?

$10 adults, $5 students. Pre-purchase of tickets not necessary. Payment taken at event.

Gingerbread House Construction Workshop

Gingerbread WorkshopGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
Saturday, November 17
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Learn the secrets of building a real gingerbread house! Build and decorate a small gingerbread house step-by-step. All materials are provided.

Ages 7 to adults. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Cost: $10 per person

Reservation and payment in advance required.
For more information, contest rules, and to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

A Wee Christmas Workshop Wee Christmas Workshop

Historic Kenmore
Saturday, November 17
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Participants will create a holiday themed “room box” using easily accessible materials. Materials provided including take home instruction, ideas, and resources. Room boxes may be displayed at the Wee Christmas Exhibit at Kenmore Dec. 2 - Jan. 13.

Ages 8 to adult. $10 per person.
Please call 540-370-0732 x 24 or to register in advance. Space is limited.

32nd Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

GingerbreadGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 2-30
(Closed December 24 and 25)

A long-standing holiday tradition! Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm!

This year's theme is "Cartoon Adventures."

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit: $9 adults, $4.50 students, under 6 free. 
Exhibit only: $4.50 adults, $2.25 students, under 6 free.

Download the contest Rules and registration form.

For more information and to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

Wee ChristmasHistoric Kenmore
December 2-30
(Closed December 24 and 25)

Visit Kenmore this holiday season for an exhibit of highly detailed, replica dollhouses - including the mansion - and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Share memories of your dollhouse with your family as you explore life in miniature! Put your mind and eye to the test with our “I Spy Miniatures” challenge – fun for young and old alike!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to Kenmore and exhibit: $12 adults, $6 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $6 adults, $3 students, under 6 free

Please consider loaning your treasure for this show! Email or call 540-373-3381 x17 for more information. 

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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