Washington House Construction

On this page, you will find links to all the posts available on Lives & Legacies about the Washington House project at George Washington’s Ferry Farm.

Washington house aerial view

Aerial view of the Washington house at George Washington’s Ferry Farm. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Cline.

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.

Restoration tradesmen are currently hard at work on the Washington house. Employing building methods of the period, masons laid a foundation of hand-cut Aquia sandstone in an oyster-shell mortar. Next, timber framers will join massive wood beams to create the frame of the home. Carpenters will cover the roof with traditional, hand-prepared wood shingles and install skillfully-crafted exterior doors and window sashes, and beaded weatherboard siding.

Constructing the Washington house and the first phase at Ferry Farm is a funding priority for the Foundation as part of The Future of Our Past Campaign—a $40 million dollar comprehensive fundraising initiative in support of efforts across its two National Historic Landmark sites: Historic Kenmore and George Washington’s Ferry Farm.

Please visit the Donate page for information on giving as part of the Campaign.

Learn more about the construction of the Washington house here and in Clint Schemmer’s article, “George Washington Really Did Sleep Here,” in Fredericksburg’sFree Lance-Star.

October 13, 2017 – Video – Building George’s House: Oyster Slaking
September 27, 2017 – Video – Lecture: “The Rooms at Ferry Farm”
September 20, 2017 – Video – Lecture: “The Mother of The Father of Our Country”
September 13, 2017 – Video – Lecture: “Building George’s House, Introducing the New Ferry Farm”
August 2, 2017 – Furnishing George’s House: What Exactly is That? Curatorial Conundrums in the Washington House – Part 2: Sugar Box
July 28, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Blacksmith Peter Ross
June 28, 2017 – Furnishing George’s House: What Exactly is That? Curatorial Conundrums in the Washington House – Part 1: Scrutoire
June 19, 2017 – Photos: Building George’s House: North Chimney
May 15, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Flooring
April 20, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Roofing
April 12, 2017 – Why Red? How We Picked the Paint
April 7, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Roofing Timelapse
March 29, 2017 – Photos: Building George’s House: Painting the Exterior
March 27, 2017 – Video: Furnishing George’s House: Painting the Corner Cupboard
March 22, 2017 – Furnishing George’s House: The Corner Cupboard
March 20, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: The Corner Cupboard
February 17, 2017 – Photos: Building George’s House: Windows & Weatherboard
February 13, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Timber Framing
February 10, 2017 – Photos: Building George’s House: Shingling the Roof
February 6, 2017 – Video: Building George’s House: Laying the Stone Foundation
December 7, 2016 – Video: Building George’s House: Timber Framing in the Shop
December 1, 2016 – Photos: Building George’s House: East Chimney
November 7, 2016 – Video: Building George’s House: Timber Frame Timelapse
October 17, 2016 – Photos: Building George’s House: Timber Framing Finished
October 3, 2016 – Video: Building George’s House: The Lime Rick Burn
September 26, 2016 – Photos: Building George’s House: The Lime Rick Burn
September 19, 2016 – Video: Building George’s House: The Cornerstone
September 13, 2016 – Photos: Building George’s House: First Week of Timber Framing
August 8, 2016 – Video – Building George’s House: Making the Foundation Stones
July 25, 2016  – Video – Building George’s House: The Concrete Cradle
July 6, 2016 – Introducing the New George Washington’s Ferry Farm

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