George Washington's Ferry Farm (Groups)
On the banks of the Rappahannock River opposite Fredericksburg is the site of George Washington’s boyhood home. Ferry Farm (called so for the ferries that crossed the river) is best known as the setting for the story of young George and the cherry tree. Today, visitors walk in the steps of Washington and enjoy 18th century gardens. Ferry Farm is an active archaeological site where experts in their labs are available to interact with the visiting public.
During the Civil War, Union soldiers camped at Ferry Farm, and from those same ﬁelds, Union artillery bombarded the city in 1862. The old ferry landing was the site of a pontoon bridge used by the Army of the Potomac on its way to a crushing defeat in the ﬁrst Battle of Fredericksburg.