Fredricksburg Area

George Washington
Ferry Farm 
Boyhood Home

In 1738, when George was six years old, the Washington family moved to Ferry Farm on the eastern bank of the Rappahannock River across from Fredericksburg (considered as George Washington's hometown where over 40 buildings are associated with the time of his residency). He lived there until he reached young manhood and moved to Mount Vernon. According to legend, it was at Ferry Farm that George Washington chopped down his father's cherry tree and later tossed a silver dollar across the river. The Kenmore Foundation purchased the property and preserves the farm today.  Open to the public. 

Address: Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Hwy, Fredricksburg, Virginia 22405 

Phone Number: (540) 370-0732 


James Monroe
Museum and Memorial Library

Monroe's descendents first opened the museum in 1927; it is located on property he owned from 1786 to 1792.  The museum houses the largest repository of Monroe papers, souvenirs, artifacts, furniture and clothing in the United States.  Today the site is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and operated by the University of Mary Washington.  Open to the public. 

Address: 908 Charles St; Fredericksburg, VA 22401 

Phone Number: (540) 654-1043   

Website:  www.umw.edu/jamesmonroemuseum


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