Ferry Farm Site - Stafford, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 17.629 W 077° 26.878
18S E 285919 N 4241250
Quick Description: Also known as Site of George Washington's Boyhood Home, this is the setting of the famous legends of George chopping down the cherry tree and throwing a stone across the Rappahannock River.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2009 4:06:00 PM
Waymark Code: WM6Q04
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 4

Long Description:
Archaeologists have recovered the remains and artifacts of the house George Washington grew up in. Research and archaeological digs continue at Ferry Farm in a search for additional outbuildings and more insight into life on the plantation.

In 1738, George's father, Augustine, moved the family to this site when George was 6 years old. George remained there until the early 1750's when he moved to Mt. Vernon. His widowed mother, Mary Ball, continued to live there until 1772 when she moved to Fredericksburg. The farm derived its name from a ferry on the property although it was not owned nor operated by the Washington family.

Ferry Farm played an important part during the Civil War when it was used as Union headquarters and winter camp during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Today, Ferry Farm offers a visitor center with exhibits, a demonstration garden, archaeology lab, and self-guiding tours.

You might even be able to meet George himself! Ferry Farm has been the site of colonial reenactments on special occasions. The George Washington Foundation provides an Event ScheduleClick for events calendar on their website.

Visitors Hours:

  • March through October, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November and December, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Closed Easter Sunday,Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25, & 31, January 1

Click hereClick for visitor info for more info and driving directions.

Street address:
268 Kings Hwy
Fredericksburg, VA USA
22405


County / Borough / Parish: Stafford County

Year listed: 2000

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Social History

Periods of significance: 1700-1749, 1750-1799

Historic function: Domestic

Current function: Vacant/Not In Use

Privately owned?: yes

Season start / Season finish: From: 3/1/2009 To: 12/31/2009

Hours of operation: From: 10:00 AM To: 5:00 PM

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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