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089-0016 Ferry Farm (George Washington Boyhood Home Site)

Ferry Farm (George Washington Boyhood Home Site)
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VLR Listing Date 11/16/1971

NRHP Listing Date 05/05/1972

NHL Listing Date 02/16/2000

NPS property number 72001417, 00000259

George Washington moved to Ferry Farm, situated across the Rappahannock from Fredericksburg, with his parents from Little Hunting Creek, Fairfax County, in 1738, when he was six years old. Here he spent most of his boyhood, and here are set the legends, made famous by Parson Mason Locke Weems, of his cutting down the cherry tree and throwing a stone (in later versions a silver dollar) across the river. Washington’s widowed mother remained at Ferry Farm until 1772. The one early structure on the property, a frame outbuilding, dates from the early 19th century, but the archaeological remains of earlier buildings are present. In 1996, in the wake of threatened commercial development, seventy-one acres of the original Washington property were acquired by Kenmore Plantation and Gardens which uses the site for interpretive programs relating to George Washington’s youth.

2000 NHL Nomination


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 3, 2019