Video: Building George’s House – Laying the Stone Foundation

In this video, we see how stonemasons Ray Cannetti, Robert Hall, and Kevin Nieto laid the handmade Aquia sandstone foundation stones around and on top of the Washington house's concrete cradle foundation, which protects original architectural remains underground.  Watch these videos about the concrete cradle and the oyster burning process. Learn more about the Washington House here … Continue reading Video: Building George’s House – Laying the Stone Foundation

Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney

Brickmasons Ray Cannetti, Robert Hall, and Kevin Nieto recently finished building one of three chimneys for the Washington house at George Washington's Ferry Farm. Located on the house's east side and made from hand moulded brick by the Old Carolina Brick Company, this chimney is the smallest of the three.  The brick-laying work took about two … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – East Chimney

Video: Building George’s House – Timber Frame Timelapse

The timber frame – from floor joists to roof sheathing -- of the rebuilt Washington house at Ferry Farm was recently completed.  The work was done by tradesmen using a mix of 18th century building methods and 21st century equipment.  The timbers were fashioned by Virginia-based Blue Ridge Timberwrights. Learn more about the Washington House … Continue reading Video: Building George’s House – Timber Frame Timelapse

Photos: Building George’s House – Timber Framing Finished

Expert craftsmen from Blue Ridge Timberwrights recently completed constructing the timber frame of the Washington house interpretive replica at Ferry Farm.  This collection of photographs documents the their work and begins a week into the process. You can see photos from the first week of work here.  What's next? Shingles! Learn more about constructing the Washington house interpretive replica … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – Timber Framing Finished

Photos: Building George’s House – Lime Rick Burn

Recently,  expert artisans Bill Neff and Kenneth Tappan along with staff from The George Washington Foundation built a lime rick -- a large crib of wood and oyster shells -- at George Washington's Ferry Farm.  This past Saturday, the rick was lit on fire to produce lime for stone and brick work as part of constructing … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – Lime Rick Burn

Photos: Building George’s House – First Week of Timber Framing

Expert craftsmen from Blue Ridge Timberwrights arrived last Tuesday, September 6 to build the frame of the Washington house.  This collection of photographs documents the first week of their work and begins with pictures of the finished concrete cradle and Aquia sandstone blocks ready to serve as the foundation for the timber frame. Over the past several months, the … Continue reading Photos: Building George’s House – First Week of Timber Framing

Video – Building George’s House: The Concrete Cradle

An interpretive replica of the house that young George Washington lived in with his family is being built at his boyhood home at Ferry Farm near Fredericksburg, Virginia. This replica is being constructed on the exact location of the original. Through the use of a specially-designed concrete cradle, the replica will not harm any of … Continue reading Video – Building George’s House: The Concrete Cradle