George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm
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.
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.
- Closed during January & February except Feb. 16 & 18 at Ferry Farm
- March through October, open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- November through December, open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Closed Easter Sunday (March 31, 2013), Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 21, 2013), December 24, 25, & 31
- Group visits available at other times by appointment, (540) 370- 0732
Ferry Farm Admission Prices: $8 adults, $4 students, under age 6, free
Combination Ticket to both Ferry Farm and Kenmore: $15 adults, $8 students
Discounts available for Seniors (60+), AAA, active military, trolley passengers, &
Group rates available - please call Vickie Hayes at (540) 370- 0732 ext. 24 for reservations and details