Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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Holiday Decorations Workshop for ChildrenHoliday Decorations

Historic Kenmore
Saturday, December 12
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Children will create an ornament and a table centerpiece using natural materials, inspired by eighteenth-century designs.

For children ages 8-12. $15 per child.
Limited to 10 children.
Please register in advance. Call 540-370-0732 x 24 or

29th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

GingerbreadGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 6-30 (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 "George Washington Slept Here"
Entries Accepted: November 30 - December 5

Entry Fee: $5
Registration: Download the 2015 Rules and Entry Form (PDF format)
Please call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or email for more information.

Hours: Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; Sundays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
General Admission to Ferry Farm and the Exhibit: $8 adults, $4 students, under 6 free.                             
Exhibit Only: $4 adults, $2 students, under 6 free.

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

Historic Kenmore Wee Christmas
December 6-30 (Closed December 24 and 25)

An exhibit for the holiday season of highly detailed, replica dollhouses - including the Kenmore mansion - and miniatures in the Crowninshield Museum Building. Share memories of your dollhouse with children and grandchildren as you explore the treasures in this festive display!

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m; Sundays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Admission to Kenmore and Exhibit: $10 adults, $5 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $5 adults, $2.50 students, under 6 free.

Gingerbread Preschool Workshops

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
December 7-21

A wonderful holiday tradition for 4- and 5-year olds. Children will listen to and act out Jan Brett’s “Gingerbread Baby” story and decorate a paper gingerbread house and gingerbread cookie.

Please register in advance. Call 540-370-0732 ext. 24 or
Cost: $6 per child
For preschool groups of 10 or more.

Twelfth Night at Kenmore
Twelfth Night

Friday, January 8 - Sunday, January 10, 2016

In the eighteenth century, December 25 was just the start of Christmas, a roughly two-week period of celebration, that ended in early January on Twelfth Night. This final night often featured the biggest celebration of the holiday season, if not of the entire year. 

In Twelfth Night at Kenmore, a dramatic theater presentation, the year is January 1776. It is the first Christmas that Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis celebrate in their newly built home. It is not the usual celebration, however. War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family and their friends.

Immerse yourself in the experience the candlelight, music, and decorations of an eighteenth-century Christmas!

Performance Times: 3:00, 3:45, 4:45 and 5:30 p.m.

Reservations required. Call 540-370-0732 x24 or email

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 ages 3-17; free ages 3 and under.

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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