Washington House Construction
The George Washington Foundation is 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. Employing building methods of the period, masons laid a foundation of hand-cut Aquia sandstone in an oyster-shell mortar. Next, timber framers joined massive wood beams to create the frame of the home. Carpenters covered the roof with traditional, hand-prepared wood shingles and installed skillfully-crafted exterior doors and window sashes, and beaded weatherboard siding.
Artisan masons are completing the brickwork for the three chimneys, each set in an English bond interspersed with glazed headers, while the carpenters fabricate interior features such as an elaborate staircase in the center passage. With the siding painted a traditional, deep red “Spanish brown” color, the construction scaffolding was recently removed—allowing for an unobstructed view of the façade of the Washington house.
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.
Please visit the Donate page for information on giving as part of the Campaign. Your support would help complete these complex projects with authenticity and attention to detail.
Learn more about the construction of the Washington house:
- Clint Schemmer’s article, “George Washington Really Did Sleep Here,” in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.
- Clint Schemmer’s article, “Washington House Replica Rises on Riverbank,” in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.
- Clint Schemmer’s article, “A Fun Fourth Ahead at Washington's Boyhood Home,” in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.
- An Editorial in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.
- Kristin Davis’ article “Decades-long dream comes true Saturday with opening of Washington house” in Fredericksburg’s Free Lance-Star.