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George Washington's Ferry Farm

Frederickburg, VA

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Address: 268 Kings Hwy, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 Number: (540) 370-0732 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

George Washington’s Ferry Farm is where a young George Washington spent his formative years before we went on to became an extraordinary man!

In fact, the future general and first president was only 6 years old when his family moved to King George County (now Stafford County), Virginia, all the way back in 1738.

During your time at Ferry Farm, you can enjoy a guided tour of the Washington house replica that explores the lives of George himself, has well as his mother Mary, and other Washington family members, as well as the enslaved community that lived there.

The guided our will share the stories of the adversity all of these individuals faced after the death of Augustine Washington, who was George’s father.

Before or after your walk through history, you can enjoy a self-guided stroll through Ferry Farm’s grounds and enjoy them at your own pace!

Make sure you stop at the Visitor Center too, as here you can check out the introductory exhibit The Science of History at Ferry Farm complete with colonial and Civil War artifacts that were actually excavated at Ferry Farm! Kids always love the windows into the Archaeology Lab too, where you can actually see archaeologists at work as they identify and study thousands of artifacts found at Ferry Farm!

When you arrive at Ferry Farm and you check-in at the Visitor Center, you will be welcomed by staff and its here you can purchase tour tickets (if you have not already done so online), and can pick up a map of the grounds.

Then, just allow 5-minutes to walk from the Visitor Center to the back porch of Washington house where your tour will begin at the scheduled time!

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How much does it cost?

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Adults

Self-Guided Grounds Tour: $9 / Guided House Tour: $12

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Children

Students over 6 years: Self-Guided Grounds Tour: $4 / Guided House Tour: $6

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Discount

Combo tickets available for house and grounds

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Free Under

5 years

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Last Updates

2022

Additional Information

At Ferry Farm, the guided house tour also takes about 30 minutes, a portion of which will be outside because the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting to and from the Washington house requires a 0.5 mile round-trip walk on a hard-surfaced path with no elevation change. Other points of interest to see on the roughly 60-acre Ferry Farm require additional walking on paths or hiking on trails with elevation changes.

Any top tips?

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Check out Kenmore House too as an attraction to visit!

I'm Hungry!

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You can bring your own food as there is nowhere to purchase food on site, and food and drink are permitted on the grounds and lunches or snacks brought by visitors may be enjoyed in the many shaded, grassy areas of the property. Just make sure you dispose of all waste in the proper containers available on the property. Food or drink is not permitted in the home.

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Where is it at?

Directions

The new entrance to Ferry Farm is located directly at the stoplight at the intersection of Ferry Road and Kings Highway. Some online maps and GPS systems do not yet show this new entrance. Entering the address above or using the map below should bring you to the stoplight at the new entrance.

Teachers corner

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Learn With Me Days is a series of on-site programs (aligned with VA SOLs) good for homeschool or students who are virtual learning in grade levels K-6. From June through October, children & their caregivers can learn about George Washington’s life, daily life in the 18th century, the Lewis family’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, or how archaeology contributes to historical knowledge. They also love field trip visits too!

Can I get one of those?

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Stop by the gift shop where you can pick up educational items, plus gifts and merchandise to enhance your experience!

Need a little extra help?

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At Ferry Farm, the Washington house replica is accessible.

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Baby Facilities

Strollers are not permitted in the historic house but are permitted anywhere on the grounds and in other buildings.

When can we go?

March to October: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm / Sunday 12pm - 5pm. (Then November & December: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm / Sunday 12pm - 4pm)

Ferry Farm is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve and during all of January and February

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