George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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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

2018 Winners

Level 1: Age 2-5
1st: Entry 11 - Transformer Matunga Snow Angel - Misha Sanborn
2nd: Entry 8 - Frosty the Snowman - Samantha Wairwright

Level 2: Age 6-10
1st: Entry 1 - A Snoopy's Christmas - Gloria Tignor

Level 3: Age 11-14
1st: Entry 9 - Grinch's House - CJ Crocker

Level 4: Age 15-17
1st: Entry 5 - HObbit House - Chancellor High School German Club

Level 5: Age 18 and Over
1st: Entry 14 - Calvin & Hobbes Winter Wonderland - Jessica Kamuar
2nd: Entry 7 - Rapunzel - Angela Saathoff
3rd: Entry 10 - Scooby Doo Miner 49er CHASE - Susan Dodson

Level 6: Family Made
1st: Entry 12 - Calvin & Hobbes - The Szlyk Family
2nd: Entry 3 - Yabba Dabba Doo - Feeback Family
3rd: Entry 16 - A Christmas in WhoVille - The Jackson 5

Level 7: Special Needs
1st: Entry 6 - Cartoon Advent Calendar - Courtland High School, Ms. Redelman's Class
2nd: Entry 13 - Whoville - Ms. Bekah's ESCE 3's Class
3rd: Entry 4 - Charlie Brown Christmas - Ni River Special Education

Best in Show: Entry 5 - Hobbit House - Chancellor High School German Club

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. 

Twelfth Night at Kenmore—A Dramatic
Theatre Presentation

Twelfth NightHistoric Kenmore
Friday, January 11
Saturday, January 12
Sunday, January 13, 2019

In the eighteenth century, December 25 was but the start of Christmas, a twelve-day celebration that ended on Twelfth Night. This final night was the most festive of the holiday season, if not of the entire year. 

In Twelfth Night at Kenmore, the year is 1776. This is the first Christmas that Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis celebrate in their newly built home. It is not the usual joyous atmosphere, however. The Revolutionary War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family, their friends, and Kenmore’s enslaved community.
Immerse yourself in the candlelight, music, and decorations of a colonial-American Christmas!

Performance dates: Friday, January 11, Saturday, January 12, Sunday, January 13
Performance times: 3:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Reservations required. Call 540-370-0732 x24 or email

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 ages 3-17; under age 3 free.

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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