Sunday, July 17, 2016

George Washington's Boyhood Home, Ferry Farm

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On the 17th we got to visit 2 locations, although we tried for 3, or even 4! This time we traveled to Fredericksburg, where we lived while in between houses. During that time we focused on Civil War history, which abounds in the area, since that was the topic of our history and literature studies at the time. This day we focused on colonial history by walking in the footsteps of George Washington as a young boy. Thus we visited Ferry Farm, George Washington's boyhood home. He moved here around 1738, when he was about 6 years old. This was home until about his early twenties.

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Washington's father, Augustine, moved here because of an advertisement he read regarding this 580 acre property near the port town of Fredericksburg. It was described as "a beautiful situation, and very comodious for Trade."

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This property was intended to be George's inheritance.

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Our walking guide brochure described Washington's boyhood home as "fashionable...meant to show off their status to the neighborhood." The house is no longer located there. However, the foundations had been recently discovered and restorations were beginning. The "probate inventory" detailed that there were 5 rooms downstairs and 3 rooms upstairs.

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(I could not resist the view of this more modern home across the way...)

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As quiet as the area is today, our walking guide brochure explained that there was quite a bit of activity that took place on the river, since the area was a bustling area of commerce. Flat bottomed barges were a common sight.

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By 1754 George Washington moved to Mount Vernon, which he inherited from his older brother, Lawrence.

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Nevertheless Ferry Farm remained in George Washington's possession for another 20 years. In fact, his mother lived on the farm until 1772, at which time she moved into town. We had hoped to visit her house that day, but decided to save that visit for another time.

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