February 2, 2012


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The George Washington Foundation
KENMORE AND FERRY FARM will reopen for the regular 2012 season on March 1.  Meanwhile, don't forget to visit the Farm for these two special events in February:

February Events
Feb. 18 George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Ferry Farm (see details at right)
Feb. 20 Young George Washington and the Buried Past at Ferry Farm (see details at right)

Visit the Events page of the website for details on all upcoming events.

2012 Summer Day Camps:

History Camp at Kenmore, Ferry Farm, Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary, Mary Washington House
June 25-June 29, Ages 8-12
Archaeology Camp at Ferry Farm
July 9-July 13, Ages 9-12
EarthMates at Ferry Farm
July 23-July 27, ages 8-12
Civil War Camp at Kenmore & Ferry Farm   August 6-August 10, ages 9-12


In the 18th century, birthdays were not celebrated as they are  today. There were no presents or cakes with candles. Sometimes the person's favorite foods might be prepared and a special "cookie" baked. When Washington was president, people attended Birth-night Balls in his honor.

The gift shops at Kenmore and Ferry Farm are closed in January and February, but you can still order items online. The gift shop at Ferry Farm will be open during the Feb. special events.
order online.

You can always make a donation online to The George Washington Foundation in honor or memory of someone special. And remember that your gift of $1,000 or more will be matched by The George Washington Legacy Challenge.

Special thanks to our eNews sponsor

2012 Hours
Beginning March 1, Kenmore and Ferry Farm are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The last tour at Kenmore begins at 4:15 p.m. Both sites are closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24, 25, & 31.
Visit the website for details about hours and admission fees.

Saturday, February 18th
Celebrate George Washington's 280th birthday
in the place where he grew up.

Enjoy games, crafts, first-person interpreters, theater performances, stone throw at the river (weather permitting) and of course, CAKE! 

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Adults $5, children age 17 and under free!

Monday, February 20th
Young George Washington
and the Buried Past

On Presidents' Day, learn how archaeologists are revealing the secrets of the Washington family at Ferry Farm. Enjoy crafts, games, Object Whisperers, simulated digs, and
The Magnificent Materialist, Teller of Artifact Fortunes.

Special thanks to our sponsor for these events:


GWF is delighted to announce that Andrew Barry joined the Foundation on January 18th as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. 
Andrew comes to us after 7 years at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. Since 2007, Andrew served as the Executive Director of Development for Arts & Sciences. 
Andrew also brings more than 11 years of development and historic-preservation experience at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. A student of American Studies, he holds a B.A. from Dickinson College and a M.A. from William & Mary. 

His responsibilities for the Foundation include oversight of development, marketing/communications, and special events. Andrew is charged with building additional momentum for all facets of institutional advancement, including The George Washington Legacy Challenge, an ongoing major, dollar-for-dollar matching gift for donations of $1,000 or more.



Installed by SolarFilm of Richmond, t
he film was developed for use in museums and galleries. It blocks almost all damaging UV rays without color-tinting the windows. It does not damage the historic glass and can be easily reversed if necessary. Curator Meghan Budinger had this to say about the film: "My favorite part is that it doesn’t interfere with the esthetics of the interior, or interfere with the view out of the windows. It’s much more in keeping with the goals of the recent restoration, and of course most importantly, we can now safely move furnishings, artwork and textiles into the house without worrying that they will fade or degrade in sunlight. As an added bonus, the film also cuts down on heat transferred through the glass from sunlight, and so it should help us keep the temperature down in the house in the warmer months."
These window filters were made possible by a generous grant from the Helen Stewart Jones Charitable Trust.