August 22, 2012


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Save the Dates:
October 7 Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community Day at Ferry Farm
October 25 Home School Day at Kenmore
Visit the Events page of the website for information on all upcoming events.

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 for information about supporting the Foundation's mission and the GWLC.

Did You Know?

Reconstructing a punch bowl (above) from ceramic sherds found at Ferry Farm is a bit like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. Archaeologists test the artifacts for residue of glue from early mends. Eighteenth-century glues included such ingredients as blood, egg whites, casein (milk proteins), resins, and snail slime (no joke!).
In the Gift Shop at Kenmore

Crown Mulling Spice combines convenience with delicious taste to enhance both foods and your favorite drink. Perfect for cider, wine, and tea. 6 ounce packet makes up to 1 gallon of spiced cider. Available in regular and sugar free.
Mulling Spice, Regular - WS209 - $3.50 per packet
Mulling Spice, Sugar Free - WS210 - $3.50 per packet
Be sure to see other gift items in our online store.

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2012 Hours at Historic
Kenmore and Ferry Farm

Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The last tour at Kenmore begins at 3:15 p.m. Both sites are closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24, 25, & 31.
Visit the website for details about hours and admission fees.
Be sure to visit Kenmore and Ferry Farm before summer ends!
Print this page and bring it with you for $1 off admission to Historic Kenmore or Ferry Farm. One per person. Good for August and September, 2012.

Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore

                    The George Washington Foundation offers a special program at Historic Kenmore. Families take a tour of the house, play “I Spy Kenmore” to discover fun facts about history, smell the sweet aromas of an 18th-century kitchen, and learn what the residents of Kenmore ate. They also get to dress up in Colonial attire!
Appropriate for adults and children ages 4-12. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Historic Kenmore
Date/Time: By reservation. Registration for weekdays—24 hours in advance; registration for weekends—1 week in advance.
Contact Vickie Hayes at (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or

Fee: Regular admission ($10/Adult; $5/Students; under 6 free)

The Collections Committee and Curatorial Department staff are busy selecting the collection pieces to go back into the house. Be sure to follow Curator Meghan Budinger's blog for an up-to-date look at what's in progress. Plan to visit Kenmore and learn about how the Lewis family lived while seeing the return of the furnishings.
The Foundation is extremely grateful to the following for their  assistance in funding significant projects related to the refurnishing of Kenmore:
The Daughters of the American Revolution—the Washington-Lewis Chapter of the VADAR secured a grant from the Virginia DAR for the specific purpose of conserving the mahogany Lewis bed. The bed will be a focal point in the Chamber, one of the first rooms being refurnished.
The Helen Stewart Jones Trust—awarded a grant to the Foundation in support of the design and manufacture of replica floor cloths for the Passages at Kenmore and the bed textiles for the Lewis bed in the Chamber.
Both of these generous grants qualify for the dollar-for-dollar match from the George Washington Legacy Challenge.

Meanwhile, at Ferry Farm

The GWF archaeology team is happy to welcome Mara Kaktins to the staff. Mara is a specialist in ceramic and glass artifacts and is busy this summer mending several of the special finds from the Washington home site. Visitors can see work like Mara's being done in the Archaeology Lab at Ferry Farm.

Read more about this work.

Eagle Scout Project at Ferry Farm

Congratulations to Nik Evans for earning the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. His project was to replace the steps leading down to the Rappahannock River from the bluff at Ferry Farm. About the project, Nik had this to say, "It took about 12 days of working 8-10 hours each day to finish. This project gave me a chance to really leave the kind of impact I wanted to leave. I wanted something that would last for years and serve thousands of people well. The stairs that are now installed are actually quite refreshing to walk up now, and I'm extremely proud of the project. Many thanks go to the countless volunteers who helped out on the project and, of course, Mr. Canty's [GWF Director of Buildings and Grounds] extensive help and guidance on the project."

Thanks, Nik, for all your hard work! And thank you to all your volunteers and sponsors, too!