George Washington's Boyhood Home - Ferry Farm

Fast Facts

  • Located in Stafford County Virginia on the Rappahannock River

  • George Washington moved in when he was 6 years old

  • Family name: Home Farm

 Click here for more information on the Ferry Farm Construction Project.

 

In 1989, the Falls of the Rappahannock Chapter adopted George Washington's boyhood home site as its Historic Preservation project. We are very proud of our efforts to educate the public about the site, and to have promoted the story of the site by giving lectures, period presentations, and guided tours.

 

The boyhood home of George Washington is located in southeast Stafford County, Virginia, on State Route 3 East, just across the Rappahannock River from historic Fredericksburg. Augustine and Mary Ball Washington brought their family, including their oldest son George, to that location in 1738. The family lived there and prospered on the 580 acres of farm land. It was there that George learned the rudiments of farming and surveying. In 1743, Augustine Washington died, and the 11 year old George became the head of the Washington household. It wasn't until 1772, long after George had left the farm and was making his mark on the world, that Mary Ball Washington moved off the farm land.

 

Today, only 47 of the original 580 acres remain. The grounds continue to be of archeological and historical interest however. 

 

 

 

Restoration tradesmen completed work on the Washington house in May 2018 and the house is now open for tours. Employing building methods of the period, masons laid a foundation of hand-cut Aquia sandstone in an oyster-shell mortar. Next, timber framers join massive wood beams to create the frame of the home. Carpenters covered the roof with traditional, hand-prepared wood shingles and install skillfully-crafted exterior doors and window sashes, and beaded weatherboard siding.

The George Washington Foundation is charging forward with its multi-year venture to physically develop Ferry Farm into an outdoor living museum. The first phase of the project includes building an interpretive replica of the Washington house on its archaeological footprint, reconstructing the kitchen and outbuildings, and recreating the period landscape. Moreover, the Foundation will establish a new entrance to the museum property, erect a maintenance facility, and complete necessary infrastructure.