Ferry Farm celebrates Washington’s 281st birthday

Kathy Stewart, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – On Monday, the country will celebrate George Washington’s birthday. However, the boyhood home of Washington celebrated a bit early with a party on Saturday at Ferry Farm in Stafford County.

Washington and his family moved to Ferry Farm in 1738 when George was 6-years old; he lived there until he was 22.

The celebration, which included cake, attracted many school-age children and their families.

Eight-year-old Brandon Thitsone, a history buff, brought his younger brother and his mom to the party. Also in attendance was Lauren Bass, a Prince William County fourth grade teacher, who brought her 8-year-old daughter and her mother. Bass came out, in particular, to learn more about the life of George Washington as a young person.

In addition to cake, guests were treated to 18th Century lawn games – such as nine pins – and a play about how archeologists continue to learn about Washington’s childhood.

Ferry Farm is still an active archaeology dig site; archeologists have been digging on the site for the last 11 years to unearth more about the little-known history of Washington’s youth.

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