George Washington's Ferry Farm

George Washington’s Ferry Farm

Ferry Farm is the boyhood home of George Washington where he lived from age six until he was almost 20. The riverfront property (84 acres) in Stafford County, VA is the place of the legends of the young Washington who could not tell a lie and who could throw a stone across the Rappahannock River.

It is also where he developed the character strengths that were to influence his adult life. The farm, situated across the river from the city of Fredericksburg, is part open fields and part woodland with an abundance of wildlife including deer, foxes, wild turkeys and many species of birds. The historic resources are mostly below ground and extensive archaeology is on-going.

The Rappahannock River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, was the main thoroughfare for native Indians who lived on this property before it was colonized, and for subsequent residents who came here on ships from Europe and the Caribbean. Goods and slaves were also carried to and from this area to the Bay and beyond.

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Hours

Closed during January & February except Feb. 18 & 20 at Ferry Farm
March through October: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday, Noon to 5:00 p.m. The last tour at Historic Kenmore begins at 4:15 p.m.
November through December: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. The last tour at Historic Kenmore begins at 3:15 p.m.
Closed Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017), Thanksgiving Day (November 23, 2017), and December 24, 25, & 31
Tours of Kenmore are offered hourly Monday – Thursday and every thirty minutes Friday – Sunday

(Note: Many places fill to capacity on busy, nice weather days, especially holiday weekends. Please call ahead or visit the official website to get the most up-to-date information before visiting.)

Fees

Adults $12

Students $6

Children under 6 Free

Group rates available

Discount available for Seniors (age 60+), AAA members, Active Military, trolley passengers and DAR members

History

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.

Activities

  • Colonial and Civil War Artifact display in the visitor's center
  • Archaeology Lab where archaeologists can be seen working Monday-Friday
  • 80 acres of gardens
  • Self Guided Tour (including a tour for use on your iPad)

Facilities

  • Visitor center with exhibits
  • Interpreters
  • Archaeology lab
  • Walking trail around the property
  • Restrooms

Accessibility

The visitor center and restrooms are handicapped accessible as is the 18th-century garden and the upper-level grounds. Paths are dirt or mulch. The river is currently accessible only by a steep path and a series of steps but can be viewed from the historic area.

Pets

At Ferry Farm: Service dogs are always allowed. Other dogs are allowed on the grounds but must be on a leash at all times. Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up any dog waste. The dog owner must pay the site admission fee before going onto the grounds (but there is no charge for the dog). Visitors with a season pass must still check in at the visitor center before entering the grounds. Visitors may be on the grounds ONLY during Ferry Farm's normal operating hours. Only service dogs are allowed inside any buildings. At Kenmore: Service dogs are always allowed. Other dogs are allowed on the grounds but must be on a leash at all times. Dog owners are responsible for cleaning up any dog waste. No admission fee is required to enter the grounds. Only service dogs are allowed inside any buildings. Special Events: During special events at Kenmore and Ferry Farm (such as Washington's Birthday, July 4th, Memorial Day, etc) ONLY service dogs are allowed on the grounds. No other pets are permitted during special events.

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