October 2014 eNews                              
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Refurnishing at Historic Kenmore

Dining Room Refurnished and
Gaming Table!

Refurnishing Historic Kenmore

It is a perfect time to tour Historic Kenmore! The Dining Room is aglow with its newly-installed carpet and period furnishings returned. The elaborate floorcovering is composed of neoclassical medallions in shades of cream, gray, and black on a brilliant red background, framed by a banded laurel border. A fast-motion video of the carpet installation is posted on the Foundation's YouTube Channel.

On the same day the wool carpet was stretched and tacked in place, a gaming table – on loan to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association for 70 years – was returned and installed in the Drawing Room. An extraordinary, felt-covered, top-fold table, ca. 1770, its provenance extends to the Washington family.
Read more about the ongoing comprehensive refurnishing of Historic Kenmore in The Free Lance-Star  and The Rooms at Kenmore blog. A special thank you to the Helen Stewart Jones Charitable Trust and Richard C. von Hess Foundation for their support of the Dining Room Carpet Project.
Fall Scene at Ferry Farm

Visit Ferry Farm for Fall Colors

Thank you to Virginia Tourism for listing Ferry Farm as one of “12 Iconic Sites for Virginia’s Fall Beauty” on its Travel Blog! Plan an autumn outing to explore Washington’s boyhood home amid fall foliage with a self-guided iPad tour in addition to enjoying education programs, the archaeology laboratory, and exhibits in the Visitor Center.

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Girl in Gingerbread House Workshop and Kenmore Dollhouse

Holiday Season Preview

Plan now to enjoy events during the holidays, including:

  • November 8 - Gingerbread House Construction Workshops at Ferry Farm: two sessions, 10:30 a.m. - Noon and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Learn the secrets of building real gingerbread houses! Ages 7 and up (children must be accompanied by an adult). $10 per person (per session). Please call (540) 370-0732 x24 for reservations.
  • December 8-30 - A Wee Christmas at Kenmore ~ Dollhouses and Miniatures Show. A new program and an opportunity to share your best dollhouse or display. Please consider loaning your treasure for this show! Email sherman@gwffoundation.org or call 540-370-0732 x27 for information.
Save the date for the 28th Annual Gingerbread Contest and Exhibit (December 7-30) and Gingerbread Preschool Workshops (weekdays, December 8-19), both at Ferry Farm, as well as a special holiday program, Twelfth Night at Kenmore (January 3-4). Learn More...
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