Historic Kenmore and George Washington's Ferry Farm
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Date: June 23, 2016
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The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm
Celebrate the Washington House Under Construction!
Monday: July 4, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Stafford County, Virginia: The George Washington Foundation invites visitors to honor our great Nation and Independence Day at George Washington's Ferry Farm—with work ongoing to construct the Washington house. It is critical to preserve this significant place in American history—where beginning in 1738 young George and his family called home!
After years of meticulous planning and preparation by its Trustees and Regents as well as community leaders, preservationists, historians, architects, archaeologists, curators, educators, and staff, The George Washington Foundation is now charging forward with its multi-year venture to physically develop George Washington’s Ferry Farm into an outdoor living museum.
The first phase of the project includes building an interpretive replica of the Washington house on its archaeological footprint, reconstructing the kitchen and outbuildings, and recreating the period landscape. Moreover, the Foundation will establish a new entrance to the museum property, erect a maintenance facility, and complete necessary infrastructure.
Restoration tradesmen are currently hard at work on the Washington house. In the weeks ahead, employing building methods of the period, masons will lay a foundation of hand-cut Aquia sandstone in an oyster-shell mortar. Next, timber framers will join massive wood beams to create the frame of the home. Carpenters will cover the roof with traditional, hand-prepared wood shingles and install skillfully-crafted exterior doors and window sashes, and beaded weatherboard siding.
Constructing the Washington house and the first phase at Ferry Farm is a funding priority for the Foundation as part of The Future of Our Past Campaign—a $40 million dollar comprehensive fundraising initiative in support of efforts across its two National Historic Landmark sites: Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.
On The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm, in celebration of the Washington house under construction, guests are invited to talk with artisan Raymond Cannetti about stone masonry and building methods of eighteenth-century Virginia.
Expert staff from Blue Ridge Timberwrights will share their work.
Educators will discuss the Washingtons’ life at Ferry Farm in addition to colonial trades, architecture, and elements of the project to come.
Craftsman will demonstrate several of the period trades required to construct the 1740s Washington house, for example brickmaking and timber hewing.
A flag retirement and replacement ceremony – a July Fourth tradition at Ferry Farm – is planned for 1:15 p.m. Participants include members of The American Legion, ROTC, Boy Scouts of America, American Heritage Girls, Congressman Rob Wittman (1st – Virginia) and government officials representing the Commonwealth of Virginia, Stafford County, and the City of Fredericksburg, with patriotic music by Anthony Campbell as well as The Enduring Freedom Honor Guard, who will also perform in concert beginning at noon.
Additionally, on Independence Day, guests may enjoy activities such as educational programs that highlight this year’s theme, “We The People,” archaeology at the Washington house site, dramatic performances, the Ferry Farm demonstration garden, The George Washington Foundation Oral History Project, visiting with “General George Washington”, Colonial and Civil War re-enactors, members of the Patawomeck Tribe, a variety of children’s games, face painting, a hay bale maze, and in general, fun for the whole family.
Media partners B101.5 will broadcast live from Ferry Farm the morning of the Fourth. Tune in to NewsTalk 1230 and TownTalk with Ted Schubel on Wednesday, June 29 at 8:00 a.m. to hear about The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm and Washington house construction.
Admission: $1 per person; 2 and under free.
Free parking at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 21 Cool Springs Road (download map) with shuttle service to Ferry Farm—ride a trolley to/from Eagles Lodge or the July Fourth Heritage Festival – at Caroline and Charlotte Streets – in downtown Fredericksburg. Parking at Ferry Farm is available for handicapped visitors only.
A variety of food vendors will be on site. Please—no pets, coolers, or alcohol.
A special thank you to the Foundation's sponsors for The Fourth of July at Ferry Farm:
Stafford County Tourism, Splitsville, Hirshler Fleischer, and WBQB and WFVA.
The Foundation is pleased to provide high resolution images on request.
The George Washington Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. The Foundation's mission is to enhance the public understanding and appreciation of the lives, values, and legacies of George Washington, Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis, and their families.
Please visit ferryfarm.org and kenmore.org for more information.
Ferry Farm is located at 268 King's Highway, Stafford County, Virginia
Kenmore is located at 1201 Washington Avenue, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Visitors to Ferry Farm view archaeologists at work, see the artifact conservation laboratory—over 735,000 artifacts have been excavated at Ferry Farm, tour the visitor center with the exhibit, The Science of History at Ferry Farm, and enjoy the self-guided iPad tour—Uncovering George Washington’s Youth.
Kenmore guests experience the restored house with the comprehensive refurnishing of its interior in progress, walk through the gardens, and enjoy three new specialty tours that showcase the restoration of the mansion, period ceramics, and the American Revolution.
George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore are open most days, March – December—learn more at: kenmore.org/visiting. View a 2016 calendar of special events, summer camps, and educational programs at: kenmore.org/events.
Learn more from the Foundation’s archaeologists, curators, and educators on the
Lives & Legacies and The Rooms at Kenmore blogs.
Find George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore on Facebook.