George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Gingerbread House Construction WorkshopsGingerbread Workshops

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Saturday, November 4
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 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 through adults. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Cost: $10 per person

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

Freedom’s First Family: What Price Liberty?

Freedom's First FamilyGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore
Saturday, November 4
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Using George Washington’s Boyhood Home and Betty Washington Lewis’s home Kenmore as stages, this dramatic performance depicts how the family of the first President of the United States sacrificed and risked fortunes and well-being for freedom from England. Performance begins at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and concludes at Historic Kenmore.

Cost: $20.00 adults, $10.00 ages 4-17, free ages 3 and under.

Limited seating available. For more information and to register, please call 540-370-0732, ext 24 or

Wee Christmas Workshop

Wee Christmas WorkshopKitchen of Historic Kenmore
Saturday, November 11
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. 3 - Jan. 7.

Ages 8 and up. $10 per person.

Please call 540-370-0732 x 24 or to register in advance. Space is limited.

31st Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

Gingerbread Contest and ExhibitGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 3-30
(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 "Historic Sites in Virginia."

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 or to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

A Wee ChristmasHistoric Kenmore
December 3-30
(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 sherman@gwffoundation.orgor call 540-370-0732 x22 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.

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.