Events at Ferry Farm and Kenmore

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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.

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

George Washington’s Ferry Farm
30th Annual Gingerbread House Contest - 2016 Winners

Level 1: Age 2-5
1st: Woodland Christmas – Rachel Fleming

Level 2: Age 6-10

1st: Snoopy Christmas – Ryan Jackson
2nd: White Holiday Christmas – Gloria Tignor
3rd: Welcome to Your Holiday Home – CJ Crocker

Level 3: Age 11-14

1st: First Snow on Prairie – Maggie Jackson
2nd: Pocket Farm – Savannah Dodson
3rd: Home Is Where the Heart Is – Daniel Jackson

Level 4: Age 15-17

1st: 1678 – Courtland High School German Club
2nd: Christmas at the Pond – Nick Baumgartner
3rd: Woodland Cabin – Timothy Dodson

Level 5: Age 18 & over

1st: Hickory Dickory Dock – Susan Dodson
2nd: A Christmas Eve Return – John & Florence Simmers
3rd: Gingerbread Caroling – Julie Jennings

Level 6: Family Made

1st: Christmas on Clifton Boulevard – Valerie Jackson & family
2nd: The Marker’s Lodge – Carol Gick & family
3rd: Home for Christmas – Aileen Roark & family

Level 7: Special Needs

1st: Holiday Friends – Parkside Elementary ECSE Class

Best in Show: Entry 18 – Christmas on Clifton Boulevard
Valerie Jackson & family

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, Saturday, January 7, and 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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