Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community Day at Ferry FarmDeaf and hard of Hearing Day

Sunday, October 2
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Featuring a guided tour led by Archaeology Laboratory Supervisor Melanie Marquis and translated by ReBecca Bennett using American Sign Language:

Reservations are not required. Regular admission.


Home School Day

Home School Day Historic Kenmore
Thursday, October 6: 10:00 a.m. - Noon

Activities include: crafts and skits, learning about colonial life, scavenger hunt, tour of Kenmore mansion, colonial games and chores, hearth cooking demonstration, drilling with a Revolutionary War soldier, and coloring table for younger siblings.

$5 per person. Children ages 4 and under are free. Please register in advance.
Call 540-370-0732 x24 or hayes@gwffoundation.org


Kenmore Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Kenmore Behind the Scenes Historic Kenmore
Saturday, October 22: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 23: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Mark your calendar! Join Meghan Budinger, Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations, for an extraordinary tour of the mansion, including rare stories and insights into its history, furnishing, and ongoing preservation. Visit the cellar, second floor, attic, and other spaces behind-the-scenes!

Please note: On this tour, participants visit each floor in the mansion, climbing a total of 80 stairs. A few passageways and stairwells are narrow and confined.

Cost: $12 for adults; $6 ages 12-17

Limited number of spots available and reservations are required. Call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email hayes@gwffoundation.org.


Gingerbread House Construction Workshops

GingerbreadFerry Farm
Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Learn the secrets of building a real gingerbread house! Build and decorate a small gingerbread house step-by-step. All materials are provided.

Ages 7 through adults. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Cost: $10 per person

Reservation and payment in advance required. For more information or to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email hayes@gwffoundation.org.


Family Holiday Decorations Workshop

Historic Kenmore
November 12, 2016: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Join us at Historic Kenmore for a day of holiday crafting for the whole family! Create a boxwood tree centerpiece in eighteenth century fashion, using greenery and natural elements found on the grounds of Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Also, capture the season on canvas, painting your very own 3”x 3” miniature painting, complete with an easel.   

Cost: $15 per person

Reservations required. Please call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email hayes@gwffoundation.org to register.


Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore

Available March through December

  • Play “I Spy Kenmore”
  • Discover fun facts about history
  • Visit a period kitchen
  • Learn about food in the 18th century at Kenmore
  • For adults and children ages 4-12 (children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • $10 adults;
    $8 children

Date/Time: by reservation. Registration for weekdays—24 hours in advance; registration for weekends—1 week in advance.

To register, please call (540) 370-0732 x24 or send email to
hayes@gwffoundation.org


Don't forget about our terrific school programs!

Available both on-site at Kenmore and Ferry Farm and in local school classrooms.


Birthday Parties at Ferry Farm and Kenmore!

Treat your child, age 5 to 10, and his or her friends to a birthday party at George Washington's Ferry Farm or Historic Kenmore! Learn more.


Please Note: A staff photographer is usually present at public events. Photos taken by the staff photographer at these events may be used by the Foundation for marketing and promotional purposes. Your attendance at the event implies permission for the Foundation to use these photos and the Foundation owns the copyright for all such photos.