We are excited to be celebrating George Washington's 290th birthday (although it's the day before his actual birth date) on President's Day! On February 22, 1732, George was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Some interesting facts are associated with his birth-date and the subsequent birthday celebrations he would have as an adult. For instance, did … Continue reading Happy Birthday, George!
Today – September 30 – is World Maritime Day. The United Nations and the International Maritime Organization created World Maritime Day in 1978 “to celebrate the international maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy, especially in shipping.” "The South East Prospect of London from the Tower to London Bridge" (1746) by John Maurer. Credit: Royal … Continue reading Maritime History at Kenmore & Ferry Farm
On September 10, 1748, sixteen-year-old George Washington paid 3 shillings, 9 pence to a “musick master for my entrance.” Young Washington recorded these sparse details in Ledger Book Zero, a personal account ledger listing credits and debits with family, friends, and business associates between 1747 and 1750. This, as far as we can tell, is … Continue reading Agreeable Amusements: Music & Dancing in the Life of George Washington
An Essay of a New and Compact Map, Containing the Known Parts of the Terrestrial Globe by Jacques-Nicolas Bellin was published in 1750 when George Washington was 18-years-old. Credit: Wikipedia. Ferry Farm was a unique place to live in the mid-1700s. Situated where farm, frontier, city, river, and road converged on the edge of English … Continue reading Five International Influences on George Washington’s Early Life
A staff member who works at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore vacationed in England, Austria, and Hungary last September and October. Little George accompanied her and enjoyed seeing new sites and delving into the history of Europe. As the real George Washington left the shores of North America only once to accompany his … Continue reading Little George’s Grand Tour of Europe [Photos]
A staff member who works at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore recently visited Pittsburgh. Little George accompanied her and visited places related in some fashion to George Washington's life in the 1700s, the world he lived at that time , or his long legacy as a historic figure national and internationally. Here is … Continue reading Little George Goes Back to Pittsburgh [Photos]
Two staff members who work at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore recently traveled to Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio, two small cities situated across from each other on the Ohio River. Little George went along and visited a few places related in some fashion to George Washington and his era. Here … Continue reading Little George Visits Point Pleasant [Photos]
A staff member who works at George Washington’s Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore recently vacationed in London. Little George accompanied her and visited places related in some fashion to George Washington and his era as well as the city’s most popular tourist sites. Here is a collection of photos documenting Little George’s travels! Little George … Continue reading Little George Goes to London [Photos]