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We Did Our Part: Kenmore During the Second World War
April 29, 2013 - July 8, 2013
The George Washington Foundation and the University of Mary Washington will offer a new exhibition, “We Did Our Part: Kenmore During the Second World War,” in the Crowninshield Museum at Kenmore. The exhibition features a selection of historic photographs (some exhibited for the first time to the public) showing Kenmore and life in Fredericksburg during the Second World War.
From activities sponsored by local residents, to the influx of visiting soldiers in training at A.P. Hill, and the events organized for them at Kenmore, the exhibition highlights some of the ways in which civilians defined patriotism through everyday acts like working and comforting the troops on their way to the war front.
The exhibition is included with admission to Kenmore.
Memorial Day Weekend Events at Kenmore and Ferry Farm
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6-8pm at Kenmore
Come participate in a World War II USO dance on the lawn of Historic
Kenmore (bring a picnic if you like). From 6:00-6:45pm, music will be provided
by the James Monroe High School Jazz Orchestra. From
6:45-8:00pm, music will be by courtesy of Gottaswing: Lindy in
the ‘Burg. Also, view a new exhibit – We Did Our Part: Kenmore
During the Second World War – in the Crowninshield Museum Building.
Cost: $10, 6 and under free (half-price discount on admission if dressed in World War II-period costume)
Saturday, May 25 - 10am-5pm at Kenmore
- See the grounds of Kenmore through the eyes of a World War II visitor
- Exhibit on Kenmore during World War II by University of Mary Washington students
- Theater productions depicting vignettes from Kenmore during World War II 11:00am, 11:30am, 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm
- House tours featuring images showing Kenmore’s interior during World War II
- Tea & Gingerbread
- Cost: Regular admission
Saturday, May 25 - 10am-5pm at Ferry Farm
Relive old memories/create new ones. What was life like at Ferry Farm during World War II? For the Linton family it was life on a Stafford County farm plus living on the same land as our first president, a tourist destination since the 18th century. As a matter of fact, the Linton children gave tours to visitors who came to honor the first president during this time of national struggle.
- 11:00am “Wartime Reminiscences with the Lintons” - a question and answer with the Linton family highlighting their childhoods growing up at Ferry Farm and life in Stafford during World War II.
- 3:00pm “Marketing the War: The Role of Propaganda in World War II” A presentation by Archaeologist Joseph Blondino about the use of propaganda by the United States, Germany, and other nations to influence their citizens on the home front to support the war.
- All day - the 51st Engineer Combat Battalion. This group of re enactors is dedicated to an authentic portrayal of US G.I.s in the combat engineers during World War II.
- Archaeology site open all day. Artifacts from the archaeology dig from the 1940s on display in the Visitors Center.
- Fun activities throughout the day on victory gardens, rationing, toys and games, USO dances, and American life during the 1940s
- Cost: Regular admission
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore
June 15, 16, 22, 23 - 7:00pm
Shakespeare on the Lawn at Kenmore returns for the 11th year with the production of Henry IV, Part I. This play is one of 10 history plays written by William Shakespeare, telling the story of England from the 14th century to the reign of Henry VIII. In Henry IV, Part I, the themes of relationships of fathers and sons, maturation of a boy to a man, civil strife, and rebellion are woven through the play with comedic moments as well as high drama. Henry IV, Part I introduces Falstaff—one of the great characters of literature.
In the 18th century, touring theater companies made regular stops in Fredericksburg. George Washington greatly enjoyed attending the theater. His diary entry for July 25, 1771 reads, “Dined at Colo. Lewis’s & went to the Play.”
Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Come early and enjoy your own picnic on the lawn.
$10 adults, $5 students
2013 Summer History Camp in Historic Fredericksburg
June 24-28, 2013
For rising 3rd through 6th graders (ages 8-12)
Come explore history and follow in the footsteps of George Washington, his family, and his friends. Have fun with hands-on activities, projects, and games at the Rising Sun Tavern, George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm, the Mary Washington House, Historic Kenmore, and the Hugh Mercer Apothecary. Learn about Colonial food, medicine, and daily life. Explore the places that George Washington knew well
- June 24-28 - 9:00-12:00 daily ~ Ages 8-12 ~ $125 per child
Advance registration is required. To register, contact Vickie Hayes by phone at (540) 370-0732 x24 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by The George Washington Foundation & Washington Heritage Museums
Also, in July, we offer the Summer Explorers programs and archaeology day camps for individual children.
The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm
Thursday, July 4th - 10am to 5 pm
The George Washington Foundation invites you to attend its biggest annual event—The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm. This year's theme is "Spirit of America: This Land is Our Land," with a focus on ecology and the environment. As always, history also plays a major role with Colonial, Civil War, and World War II re-enactors. Enjoy games, scavenger hunts, crafts, musical performances, and other activities for the whole family, plus the archaeology site will be open with staff on hand to answer questions.
The flag that flies daily at Ferry Farm previously flew over the Capital in Washington, DC. A July Fourth tradition at Ferry Farm, it will once again be retired and replaced as part of a patriotic ceremony at 1 pm.
Plan on spending several hours at this great event. Food vendors will be on site. Free parking will be available at the Eagle's Lodge on Cold Spring Road with frequent shuttles to Ferry Farm (handicapped parking will be available at Ferry Farm). Cost of admission is $1 per person (under age 2 free).
A special thank you to the Foundation’s sponsors for this event, including: Dominion Resources.
Family History Adventure Tours at Historic Kenmore
The George Washington Foundation offers a special program at Historic Kenmore. Families have the opportunity to visit Kenmore, play “I Spy Kenmore” to discover fun facts about history, smell the sweet aromas of an 18th-century kitchen, and learn what the residents of Kenmore ate.
Appropriate for adults and children ages 4-12. Children must
be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Historic Kenmore
Date/Time: by reservation. Registration for weekdays—24 hours in advance; registration for weekends—1 week in advance.
Vickie Hayes at (540) 370-0732 ext. 24 or
Fee: $10 adults / $8 children
Don't forget about our terrific school programs!
Available both on-site at Kenmore and Ferry Farm and in local school classrooms.
- Ferry Farm and Kenmore Programs (Grades K-5)
- In-School Programs (Grades K-5)
- Pre-school Workshops (Ages 4&5)
Birthday Parties at Ferry Farm!
Treat your child, age 5 to 10, and his or her friends to a birthday party at George Washington's Ferry Farm! 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.