On rare occasions, Historic Kenmore offers special behind-the-scenes tours that take visitors into portions of the home not usually open to the public during regular tours. Additionally, Meghan Budinger, Aldrich Director of Curatorial Operations, leads the tour and shares her expert insights and knowledge into the mansion's history, furnishing, and ongoing preservation. This past weekend, visitors once … Continue reading Photos: Historic Kenmore Behind-the-Scenes Tours
Behind the Scenes
Photos: Thank You, Volunteers!
The George Washington Foundation held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Thursday, October 20 at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Volunteers contributed over 11,000 hours of work at Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore over the past year! Without them, we'd be history! If you're interested in volunteering, click here.
Video: UV Light in Museums
Ultraviolet light is an important and useful tool within the museum world. In this video, we show you how archaeologists and curators use UV light in their work with artifacts and historic objects.
Lives & Legacies: The Exhibit
Want to see "in real life" the 18th century ceramic fruit dish we wrote about last August? You can see it and the matching sherds excavated by archaeologists on your next visit to George Washington's Ferry Farm. The dish sits inside the Ferry Farm visitor center in a museum display case now dedicated to Lives & Legacies. In this … Continue reading Lives & Legacies: The Exhibit
Photos: It’s Spring. Let’s Dig!
Last week, another archaeological excavation season began at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Here are some scenes from the first week of digging. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm’s archaeologists working at the excavation site from now through late-June or, if you can't visit before June, spend a day on the dig site by watching the video below. … Continue reading Photos: It’s Spring. Let’s Dig!
Photos: Posh Pots and Decadent Dishes
New specialty tours at Historic Kenmore provide opportunities for guests to explore a deeper understanding of Kenmore by focusing on the topics that make us uniquely Kenmore. One such tour, "Posh Pots and Decadent Dishes: The Lewis Family Life through their Ceramics," explores how everyday objects can teach us about how families lived. In the 18th … Continue reading Photos: Posh Pots and Decadent Dishes
Video: Tricks of the Trade – Archaeology Lab Edition
Sometimes, it can be a challenge to precisely identify an artifact. When faced with this challenge, archaeologists working in the lab put their five senses to work and call upon some interesting 'tricks of the trade' to make those difficult identifications. Learn more about archaeology and being an archaeologist during Archaeology Day at Ferry Farm on … Continue reading Video: Tricks of the Trade – Archaeology Lab Edition
Video – Caring for Historic Kenmore: Winding the Clock
Among Kenmore's collection is an 18th century seven-day clock that requires winding weekly. In this video, Collections Manager Heather Baldus shares the clock's history and winds the clock for another week.
Meet the Archaeologists: Field School Edition
Each summer. students from the University of South Florida attend a field school at George Washington's Ferry Farm to learn practical aspects of archaeological excavations. This is what they said about their experience. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm’s archaeologists at work on the excavation site from now through mid-June.
Meet the Archaeologists
Each summer, archaeologists from across the United States come to George Washington's Ferry Farm for about two months of excavations on and around the site of Washington's boyhood home. These are their stories. On weekdays, see Ferry Farm's archaeologists at work on the excavation site from now through mid-June.