June 5, 2012


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June Events
June 16, 17, 23, 24
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore

Tuesdays and Sundays
New Refurnishing Tour at Kenmore

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

In the Gift Shop at Kenmore...
With Lord Alan Watson's recent visit to Historic Kenmore, a limited number of his new book, The Queen and the U.S.A., is available at the Kenmore gift shop. This book is a celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's relationship with America. These copies have been signed by the author.                 $35.00
Not available online, please contact Susan Bailey to place an order.

The Foundation recently commissioned Fredericksburg Tea Mistress Martha Crimmins to create a special blend of tea called "Kenmore." A satisfying blend of strength and warmth, "Kenmore" tells a flavor story of this grand house and the people who called it home.
Ingredients: blended black tea, rooibos, natural and artificial flavors of plum, apple, pear, orange and hazelnut.
Kenmore Tea - 4 oz, premium blend loose tea - WS315 - $15.00
Other tea accoutrements available in the shop and online

Be sure to see other gift items in our online store.

Did You Know?

GWF Collections Manager Meghan Townes helps unroll the new floorcloth in Kenmore.
Floorcloths, like the new ones recently installed in the front and side passages at Kenmore, were commonly used floor coverings in the 18th century. Made by applying several layers of paint on a large piece of canvas, followed by a decorative pattern on the top layer and a protective coat of clear varnish, these floorcloths were durable, stain resistant, less expensive than carpets, and re-paintable.

George Washington Legacy Challenge
A very generous friend of The George Washington Foundation is providing a dollar-for-dollar match for each gift of $1,000 or more until the end of 2012. Please contact
development@gwffoundation.org for information about supporting the Foundation's mission and the GWLC.

Be sure to check out the
blog on our website by Aldrich Curator Meghan Budinger and stay up to date about the refurnishing of Kenmore.

Special thanks to our eNews sponsor

2012 Hours at Historic
Kenmore and Ferry Farm

Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  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.

Wednesday, July 4   10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Watch your email for details about this fun-filled day!

Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore
June 16, 17, 23, 24
Curtain at 7:00 p.m.
Join us for Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore with The Fredericksburg Players. This year's production of Julius Caesar will have a distinct Civil War flavor in commemoration of the Sesquicentennial. The director, Fred Franklin, will be addressing the audience before and after the play. In case of rain, the play will be moved inside. Come early and enjoy your own picnic on the grounds!
Admission: $10 adults/$5 students. (Sorry--Annual Passes cannot be used for this event.)

Summer Explorers

HISTORY CAMP at Historic Kenmore, George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, Rising Sun Tavern, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, and Mary Washington House.
June 25 - 29 (ages 8-12)
In partnership with the Mary Washington Branch Preservation Virginia, The George Washington Foundation is pleased to offer a 5-day History Camp. Participants will follow in the footsteps of George Washington, his family, and his friends and have fun with hands-on activities, projects, and games. They will learn about Colonial food, medicine, and daily life and explore the places that George Washington knew well.
ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP at George Washington's Ferry Farm
July 9 - 13 (ages 9-12)
Participants learn how archaeologists search for hidden treasures, clean and mend artifacts, and interpret their finds.
EARTHMATES CAMP at George Washington's Ferry Farm
July 23 - 27 (ages 8-12)
Participants explore the natural world at Ferry Farm and learn about wildlife habitats, the importance of the river in the history of the farm, and conservation of our natural resources.
CIVIL WAR CAMP at Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm
August 6 - 10 (ages 9-12)
Children experience what life was like for soldiers and citizens during the Civil War in Fredericksburg.
Each camp is $125.00 for the week. 9 a.m. to noon each day. Contact Vickie Hayes to register or for more information.

New Refurnishing Tours at Kenmore

In the photo above, recent visitors to Kenmore are shown the new floorcloth in the front passage by interpreter, Lizzie Thomas.

On this highly interactive tour, visitors play the role of a curator and decide how to furnish Kenmore. Clues, based on historical documents and research, will be provided, but it will be up to the visitor to put the puzzle together. There are no right or wrong answers, but there are sure to be a variety of opinions, and lively discussion is encouraged. Those who appreciate antiques, historical research, and a good debate should enjoy this tour! According to GWF's Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations Meghan Budinger, this exciting new tour will appeal to visitors who are looking for something a little different.
A sincere thank you to the Helen Stewart Jones Charitable Trust for funding the floorcloths project.
Tuesdays and Sundays at 10:15 a.m. (replaces regular tour).
Appropriate for ages 12 and over. Regular admission.

2012 Archaeology Field School at Ferry Farm Searches for Washington-era Outbuildings

GWF Field School Site Director Laura Galke (second from left) talks with field school students at the dig.
This summer, the Foundation is proud to host the 2012 Archaeology Field School with students from The University of South Florida and Virginia Commonwealth University. Field School Site Director and GWF Artifact Analyst Laura Galke is very excited by the potential of this dig. At the time of Augustine Washington's death, the farm had 7 outbuildings, and now that the position of the main residence has been determined, logic dictates that the other buildings were near by. Digging has begun and will continue until August 3. In addition to the field school students, interns from several other colleges and universities are also assisting with the dig. James Nyman, a doctoral student from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the Assistant Site Director for this year's dig. Be sure to stop by Monday through Friday to watch the progress. You might be there when a big discovery is made.

Galke and Assistant Site director, James Nyman (second from right) discuss the screening process with field school students.