George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg. The Washingtons did not own or operate the ferry but used it frequently to get to and from town.
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A visit to Ferry Farm starts in the Visitor Center where there are displays of colonial and Civil War artifacts found on the property and the archaeology lab, where archaeologists can usually be seen working Monday through Friday.
After leaving the Visitor Center, guests can enjoy the gardens that feature plants grown in the 18th century. Then it's on to exploring the rest of the grounds (approximately 80 acres). On this self-guided tour, visitors can see the site where the Washington house stood overlooking the Rappahannock River, walk down the old ferry road, enjoy the hiking trails, and watch for birds in the Wild Meadow.
In 2014, The George Washington Foundation, in partnership with Stafford County, began a project to collect oral histories on video in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of Stafford County. Learn how you can Tell Your Stafford Story or view previously taped interviews.
The 2014 archaeology dig season is scheduled to begin on May 6 and run through July. Archaeologists are typically on site Monday - Friday and welcome interaction with visitors..
An informative article about Mary Washington, by GWF Artifacts Analyst Laura Galke, recently appeared in the Free Lance-Star.
A convenient, money-saving, combination ticket is available for guests who want to visit both Ferry Farm and Kenmore. Learn more about hours and admission fees.
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Now available - a new, self-guided tour of Ferry Farm on the iPad. This interactive tour includes videos and photos plus in-depth details about Ferry Farm during the time the Washington family lived here. The tour and use of an iPad will be included with your regular, paid admission. A brief excerpt is shown below:
Note: You can also purchase the app for $3.99 in the iTunes app store. Visit the following link - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/uncovering-george-washingtons/id605815615?mt=8 or, on your iPad, search in the app store on "Uncovering George Washington's Youth." This app runs only on an iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or higher.
Volunteer Opportunities are available in a wide variety of positions throughout the Foundation.