Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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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

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 to register.

Night in Washington’s Day

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
Saturday, November 12: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Night in Washington's Day
During Night in Washington’s Day, families and visitors of all ages learn about the history in the night sky through the constellation stories known to George Washington and other early Americans.  Witness a theater scene depicting Revolutionary War soldiers by their campfire. Discover how early Americans used lanterns, candles, and other ingenious lighting technology to banish the dark. Enjoy stargazing led by the Rappahannock Astronomy Club (weather permitting).  Children can make a paper-bag ‘tin punch’ luminary or their own constellation.  Everyone can enjoy a campfire and roasted marshmallows. Bring a flashlight to use in select activities.

Cost: $12.00 adults, $6.00 ages 4-17, free ages 3 and under.

For information, call 540-370-0732 x24 or email

30th Annual Gingerbread House Contest and Exhibit

George Washington’s Ferry FarmGingerbread Contest
December 4-30
(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 "Home for the Holidays."

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: $8 adults, $4 students, under 6 free. 
Exhibit only: $4 adults, $2 students, under 6 free.

A Wee Christmas - Dollhouses and Miniatures Show

Wee ChristmasHistoric Kenmore
December 4-30
(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: $10 adults, $5 students, under 6 free.
Exhibit only: $5 adults, $2.50 students, under 6 free.

Twelfth Night at Kenmore—A Dramatic Theatre Presentation

Historic Kenmore
Friday, January 6 - Sunday, January 8, 2017
Twelfth Night

In the eighteenth century, December 25 was but 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 most festivity of the holiday season, if not of the entire year. 

In Twelfth Night at Kenmore, 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 joyous atmosphere, however. The Revolutionary War brings fear, doubt, and frustration to the Lewis family and their friends.

Immerse yourself in the candlelight, music, and decorations of a colonial-American Christmas!

Performance times: 3:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 5:15 p.m., and 6:00 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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