Unearthing the Past

Ferry Farm's landscape has witnessed an astonishing array of transformations over the last 12,000 years. Since 2001, archaeologists conducting large-scale excavations at Ferry Farm have unearthed over a half-million artifacts created by people from eleven distinct time periods. Some of these groups made only minor impacts on the landscape, while others made sweeping changes. Roll mouse over thumbnail images below to swap views in main window.

Ferry Farm aerial view
Map of Ferry Farm  
Working at the dig site  
Labeling Artifacts  
Spatial Analysis  
Aerial Photo of Ferry Farm ~ During its history, the Rappahannock River has helped shape life at Ferry Farm, providing both an avenue for transportation and a major food source. At different times, this waterway connected the frontier with England, linked Fredericksburg to Stafford County via a rope ferry, and separated Confederate combatants from Union troops.