George Washington's Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore

Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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ArchaeoFest: Exploring Ancient Technology at Ferry Farm


George Washington's Ferry Farm
Saturday, October 26
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Experimental Archaeology demonstrations begin at 11am
$9 adults, $4.50 students, under age 6, free

Fredericksburg is famous for its colonial and Civil War history – but what about before that history?  Decades of archaeological excavations at George Washington’s Ferry Farm have revealed millennia of human development and technology from pre-historic Native American Clovis spearpoints to eighteenth-century wig curlers and beyond. 

At ArchaeoFest, enjoy a family-friendly day focused on early human technology! Scheduled demonstrations by members of EXARC, a global network of experimental archaeology professionals and other experts, include flint knapping, using atlatl spears, making Viking glass beads, creating ancient musical instruments, 18th century stone carving, and much more.

Dive into hands-on activities like an archaeological dig, see a sampling of the thousands of Native American artifacts excavated at Ferry Farm, and visit with members of the Patawomeck tribe.

Presented by members of the Reconstructive and Experimental Archaeology Conference and by The George Washington Foundation.

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First Friday at Kenmore

First Friday Historic Kenmore
Friday, November 1
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Kenmore is excited to participate in Fredericksburg First Friday, which is an event supporting local studios and galleries throughout downtown Fredericksburg. Jump on the free trolley and stop by Kenmore!

See an exhibit by local artist Curtis Poorman in the Crowninshield Museum building, just to the left of the front gate. Tour the gallery to see Kenmore's art collection, displays of eighteenth-century furniture, and decorative arts. The Kenmore mansion will be closed.

This event is free.

Discovering Kenmore: Tour with the Expert

Tour with the Expert Historic Kenmore
Wednesday, November 6
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

On the first Wednesday of every month, take a tour of Kenmore with our history experts as they uncover the mysteries of Kenmore.

Curator Meghan Budinger will lead the November tour focused on the furniture displayed in Historic Kenmore, giving insight into how we know what we know about historic furnishings through both science and research. Along the way, we’ll see some of Kenmore’s most interesting pieces in action, and hear about some adventures in provenance!

$12 adults, $6 students

Reservations are encouraged as space is limited, but walk-ins are welcome.

For more information and reservations, please call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

Gingerbread House Construction Workshop

Gingerbread WorkshopGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
Saturday, November 16
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 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 to adult. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a participating adult.

Cost: $10 per person

Reservation and payment in advance required.

For more information, contest rules, and to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

A Wee Christmas Workshop

Wee Christmas WorkshopHistoric Kenmore
Saturday, November 16
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Participants will create a holiday themed “room box” using easily accessible materials. Materials provided including take home instruction, ideas, and resources. Room boxes may be displayed at the Wee Christmas Exhibit at Kenmore Dec. 2 - Jan. 13.

Ages 8 to adult. $10 per person.

Please call 540-370-0732 x 24 or to register in advance.
Space is limited.

33rd Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

GingerbreadGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 8-30 (Closed December 24 and 25)

A long-standing holiday tradition! Adults and children alike will enjoy the sights and smells of the festive creations displayed at George Washington’s Ferry Farm!

This year's theme is "Holiday Songs."

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m
General admission to Ferry Farm and the exhibit: $9 adults, $4.50 students, under 6 free. Exhibit only: $4.50 adults, $2.25 students, under 6 free.

Download the contest rules and registration form.

For more information and to register, call (540) 370-0732 x24 or email

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

Wee ChristmasHistoric Kenmore
December 8-30 (Closed December 24 and 25)

Visit Kenmore this holiday season for an exhibit of highly detailed, replica dollhouses - including the mansion - and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Share memories of your dollhouse with your family as you explore life in miniature! Put your mind and eye to the test with our “I Spy Miniatures” challenge – fun for young and old alike!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission to Kenmore and exhibit: $12 adults, $6 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $6 adults, $3 students, under 6 free.

Please consider loaning your treasure for this show! Email or call 540-370-0732 for more information.

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

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.

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