November 27, 2012


The George Washington Foundation
Upcoming Events
Dec. 1-30 26th Annual Gingerbread House Contest & Exhibit at Kenmore
Dec. 2 Candlelight Tour at Kenmore
Dec. 3-21 Pre-school Gingerbread Workshops at Kenmore
Dec. 7-9 Fire on the Rappahannock, a Civil War Sesquicentennial event at Ferry Farm and Kenmore
Dec. 10-30 Model Train Exhibit at Ferry Farm
Dec. 15 Santa at Ferry Farm
Visit the Events page
of the website for complete details.

Fire on the Rappahannock
Civil War Sesquicentennial Events
at Kenmore and Ferry Farm
Friday through Sunday, Dec. 7-9
Events at Kenmore and Ferry Farm will be an integral part of "Fire on the Rappahannock," a commemoration of the Battle of Fredericksburg on its 150th anniversary. Hundreds of Union troops will be encamped at Ferry Farm and living-history interpreters will demonstrate quilting, laundering, blacksmithing, and horsemanship. Friday's program includes "Horses & Saddles" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and quilting demos from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Also at Ferry Farm on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., reenactors will portray the shelling of Fredericksburg and the pontoon crossing of the Rappahannock River. A lecture series will focus on period clothing and the experiences of women during the war:
Sat. 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. -- "What They Wore"
Sat. 11 a.m.- 12 p.m. -- "How They Wore Their Hair"
Sat. 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. -- "The Black Women Experience in the Civil War"
Sun. 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.-- "Who Wore What"
Visit Kenmore for cooking demonstrations and a field hospital throughout the weekend.
Admission to Ferry Farm and Kenmore will be $1.00 per person at each site. Children age 6 and under will be admitted free. Optional, guided tours of Kenmore are available at regular admission prices.

Please note that parking will not be  available at Ferry Farm on Saturday and Sunday. We ask that you park in downtown Fredericksburg or at Chatham Square Shopping Center (411 Chatham Heights Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405). Trolleys will transport visitors and reenactors to/from Ferry Farm and Fredericksburg at no charge.
To learn more about the Fire on the Rappahannock events throughout Fredericksburg, visit the event website.

Model Trains at
Ferry Farm

Daily, December 10 through 30
10 a.m. till 4 p.m.

The Rappahannock Model Railroad Club will present two displays of model trains featuring O-gauge steam engines. Displays will depict a 1930s Christmas village and a winter of 1862 Confederate supply camp scene.
The train exhibit is included with regular admission to Ferry Farm.
In the Gift Shop at Kenmore
Gingerbread Mix Gift Basket

Be sure to place your order now for a lovely gift basket containing Kenmore Gingerbread Mix and Kenmore Tea, both created exclusively for our gift shop. Delivery will be in time for holiday giving. Cost is $20 plus shipping.
To order, contact Susan Bailey at (540) 373-3381 x.10 or
And the Winner is...
GWF Artifacts Analyst Laura Galke was recognized by her peers as the 2012 Archaeological Society of Virginia's Archaeologist of the Year! Congratulations Laura!
Artifacts from Fredericksburg's First Pottery
GWF Ceramics & Glass Specialist Mara Kaktins is cataloguing artifacts found by archaeologists with Dovetail Cultural Resource Group during the recent dig at the site of Fredericksburg's first pottery. The discovery of this site will impact how pottery sherds are evaluated at Kenmore, Ferry Farm and the entire region.
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 Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22), December 24, 25, & 31.
Visit the website for details about hours and admission fees.
A 1775 Christmas
at Historic Kenmore

The Eve of Revolution
Sunday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m. till 8 p.m.
What is the price of freedom? The Christmas season for Betty and Fielding Lewis was never the same after 1775. The Revolutionary War meant sacrifice and lost fortunes. Tour Kenmore by candlelight and hear stories of the Lewis household (Betty, Fielding, Mother Mary, children, friends, and servants) from their perspectives as they face the uncertain days ahead. Admission: $10 per person, includes the Gingerbread House Exhibit.
Reservations Required.
Contact Vickie Hayes at (540) 370-0732 x24 or

In addition, the Kenmore Inn, just 3 blocks from Historic Kenmore, is offering a prix fixe dinner for your enjoyment either before or after touring the mansion. Seatings at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. The three-course meal is $30 per person.
Reservations Required.
Contact Jacqui Hartmen at 450-371-7622 or

Visit Santa at Ferry Farm
Saturday, December 15, 1 - 4 p.m.
Bring the children to meet a 19th-century Santa Claus. Enjoy Santa's antique toy collection as well as the model train exhibit (see sidebar at left for details).
FREE with regular admission to Ferry Farm.

26th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit

Visit Historic Kenmore during the month of December for the 26th Annual Gingerbread House Exhibit! The theme this year is Songs of the Holidays.
Exhibit Hours: Daily, 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. (exhibit opens at noon on Dec. 1). Closed Dec. 24, 25, 31.
Admission: Adults $10, Students $5, under age 6 FREE (includes a tour of Kenmore).
For Exhibit Only: Adults $5, Students $2.50, under age 6 FREE.

Gingerbread Pre-School Workshops
at Historic Kenmore
Weekdays by Reservation
December 3 through 21

A fun holiday experience for 4- and 5-year olds at Historic Kenmore. Your youngsters will:

  • listen to and act out Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby story
  • decorate a paper gingerbread house and gingerbread cookie
  • go on a scavenger hunt
  • tour the Gingerbread House Exhibit and choose a favorite

Cost: $5 per child.
Ten children minimum per group.
Please call Vickie Hayes at (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or to schedule a workshop.