Known as Ferry Farm, George Washington moved to the site with his parents and siblings in 1738 when he was six years old. Prior to this property in Stafford County, the family had lived at Pope’s Creek (where George was born) and then Little Hunting Creek (now known as Mount Vernon), but Augustine Washington, George’s father, had an interest in a forge located in Stafford, and this site was closer to oversee the business. At some point after George had sold the property, the structure burned down, and the only original part of the house is the cellar.
In 2008 after years of searching, archaeologists found the cellar, and utilizing artifacts and archival materials were able to reconstruct the present day house on the site. One document used to furnish the house was the 1743 probate inventory of Augustine Washington. The fun part about the house furnished in this way is that all the objects are accessible to visitors.
After the tour of the house, you will be able to visit our archaeology lab. There are five archaeologists, two of whom are currently leading our annual summer dig (you will see that site during your visit), and many volunteers who help in the lab. This behind the scenes tour will allow you to see some of the oldest artifacts that were found on the site. You will also see the wet lab where artifacts are washing, and even some pieces that are undergoing the mending process.
The visitor center and grounds are self-guided (maps will be given out), and we encourage you to view the display cases, and to enjoy the nature present at Ferry Farm.
Tour will last for approximately 1 hour.
History Camp is a project of the non-profit organization The Pursuit of History. We hope you’ll join us in the pursuit of history.