At the beginning of our 2022 dig, we were working with the assumption that a colonial-era building was located at the edge of our excavation site at Ferry Farm, the Boyhood Home of George Washington. At the southeastern edge of the work yard, four post-holes had been found and excavated during previous projects. All were … Continue reading Wrap Up of 2022 Dig!
Letters from the Battlefield
Such a tiny thing, a letter. What does it mean now? For many of us, a letter via 'snail mail' is a nuisance. Needless paper that litters our mailbox. Ads. Spam. Bills. Scams (most of which are electronic now and also a pain). Mail has been ruined for most of us with the sheer barrage … Continue reading Letters from the Battlefield
Behind the Glass of the Archaeology Lab: Creating an Exhibit
It can be daunting to look at a blank space and realize you are in charge of filling it. And not just filling it, you need to create something that will leave a lasting impression on the public. The process of creating an exhibit is much more complicated than it seems. From the initial idea … Continue reading Behind the Glass of the Archaeology Lab: Creating an Exhibit
George Washington’s Ferry Farm: An Aerial View [Video]
Aerial footage shot Joe Brooks of EagleOne Aerial Photography: https://www.facebook.com/EagleOnePhotos. To learn more about George Washington's Ferry Farm, visit http://ferryfarm.org/.
A History of Trees at Ferry Farm
The moment anyone mentions trees and George Washington, you probably think of the famous Cherry Tree Story. However, this tale of young George taking a hatchet to his father's cherry tree and, when confronted about the act, asserting "I cannot tell a lie" is probably just that -- a story meant to demonstrate the integrity … Continue reading A History of Trees at Ferry Farm
“I wonder if this was mine?”: Robert Bailey’s Ferry Farm
We have a unique situation here at the Ferry Farm Archaeology Lab. One of our volunteers, who has spent hundreds of hours washing, sorting and labeling excavated artifacts, is oddly enough, also partially responsible for creating some of those artifacts in the first place! Robert Bailey, his father Ray, mother Peggy and older brother Ray … Continue reading “I wonder if this was mine?”: Robert Bailey’s Ferry Farm
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
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.