Washington House Construction

The George Washington Foundation is charging forward with its multi-year venture to physically develop George Washington’s Ferry Farm into an outdoor living museum. The first phase of the project includes building an interpretive replica of the Washington house on its archaeological footprint, reconstructing the kitchen and outbuildings, and recreating the period landscape. Moreover, the Foundation will establish a new entrance to the museum property, erect a maintenance facility, and complete necessary infrastructure.
 
Restoration tradesmen are currently hard at work on the Washington house. Employing building methods of the period, masons laid a foundation of hand-cut Aquia sandstone in an oyster-shell mortar. Next, timber framers will join massive wood beams to create the frame of the home. Carpenters will cover the roof with traditional, hand-prepared wood shingles and install skillfully-crafted exterior doors and window sashes, and beaded weatherboard siding.
 
Constructing the Washington house and the first phase at Ferry Farm is a funding priority for the Foundation as part of The Future of Our Past Campaign—a $40 million dollar comprehensive fundraising initiative in support of efforts across its two National Historic Landmark sites: Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.

Please visit the Donate page for information on giving as part of the Campaign.

Learn more about the construction of the Washington house at http://www.kenmore.org/foundation/media_releases/062316.html and in Clint Schemmer’s article, “George Washington Really Did Sleep Here,” in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.   

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