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Washington’s Ferry Farm

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The Washington farm, on the banks of the Rappahannock River, is the setting of Parson Weem’s story about the honest boy who could not tell a lie. Extensive mowed and manicured areas surround the site of George Washington’s boyhood home. Woodlands and river bottoms of mixed hardwoods provide habitat for native animals, including wild turkey and wood duck, as well as wintering bald eagles. In summer, look for the common assortment of open area songbirds searching the lawns for insects and seeds. An ongoing archaeological dig continues to bring the past to life.


From Rt. 607 along the Rappahannock River, drive east to SR 3. Turn left on Business 3 and continue for 0.9 miles to the entrance to Ferry Farm Road on right. Fee: $3

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (540) 370-0732 withers@GWFoundation.org
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  • Access: Fee, Daily except Jan.-Feb.

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