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Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore

Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore

Saturdays and Sundays: June 10, 11, 17 & 18, 7:00 p.m.

Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore returns this June with four performances of Much Ado About Nothing—one of Shakespeare's best-known plays—performed by The Rude Mechanicals and directed by Fred Franklin. The timeless, comedic story about relationships is as relevant today as it was in colonial Virginia. Arrive early to tour the mansion (5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.) and view the nearly completed refurnishing project. Bring folding chairs, or a blanket, and a picnic!

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A special thank you to Lewis Insurance Associates as a sponsor of
Shakespeare On the Lawn at Kenmore:

Share your enthusiasm and support a variety of daily activities
at both National Historic Landmark sites—with refurnishing efforts
at Kenmore charging forward and the Washington house under construction!
Please consider a 2017 contribution to The George Washington Foundation. Thank you!
Washington house construction

Washington House Construction at
Ferry Farm! 

Expert craftsmen are employing early-American trades and techniques to fabricate an interpretive replica of George Washington’s boyhood home at Ferry Farm. With the beaded weatherboard siding painted a traditional, deep red “Spanish brown” color, and the hand-prepared roof shingles in place, the construction scaffolding was recently removed—allowing for an unobstructed view of the façade of the Washington house.

Artisan masons are currently setting the bricks for the two main chimneys in an English bond interspersed with glazed headers, and skilled carpenters are hard at work on the interior features such as an elaborate staircase in the center passage.  
We hope you visit soon to see the construction, talk with educators on site, and explore the preserved Ferry Farm landscape with the iPad tour, Uncovering George Washington’s Youth!
The Washington house at Ferry Farm
Aerial view of the interpretive replica of the Washington house at Ferry Farm—
photo by Jimmy Cline
Summer Programs at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

Register Now for Summer Explorers

A full schedule of camps is offered at Kenmore and Ferry Farm. Space is limited—please sign up early!

June 26-30 History Camp in Historic Fredericksburg: Children ages 8-12, explore history with hands-on activities and projects.

July 17-21 Archaeology Camp: Unique, fun workshops for children ages 9-12 to experience colonial life and archaeology, play games, and enjoy crafts. 

August 2 & 15 Archaeology Day Camps: Children ages 6-8

August 7-11 Shakespeare Camp: Young thespians, ages 12-15, are instructed in the language of Shakespeare, stage combat, makeup, and costuming—as well as George Washington’s love of the theater.
Learn More about Summer Explorers...
The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

Tuesday: July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Save the date for a special Independence Day – with the Washington house under construction – at George Washington’s boyhood home! Talk with educators about early-American building methods, learn about archaeology at Ferry Farm, enjoy a patriotic flag retirement ceremony, interact with colonial and Civil War re-enactors as well as members of the Patawomeck tribe, listen to festive music, and participate in educational programs, crafts and games, and hands-on activities for the whole family—as part of this year’s event theme “Building America”. 
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Volunteers Needed for The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm!

Please contact the Foundation at 540-370-0732 ext. 22 or cunningham@gwffoundation.org for information on helping at this Independence Day event. Opportunities include assisting with children’s games and crafts or event set-up/take-down as well as welcoming visitors and distributing programs. Consider volunteering together as a business or community group!
Educator Institute at Ferry Farm

The Educator Institute:
The Past is a Foreign Land 

July 24-28, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The eighteenth century is a “foreign land”. “Travel back” to colonial Virginia with the staff of The George Washington Foundation and learn about the primary sources and archaeological and historical research used to recreate George Washington’s boyhood home, restore Historic Kenmore, and develop interpretive programming. The Institute covers a variety of topics, including primary and secondary sources, social hierarchy in early America, economy, politics and government, foodways, culture, religion, slavery, and teaching strategies and resources.
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