Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fabulous 4th of July at Ferry Farm, Fredericksburg, VA

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His Excellency with the Spanish Regiment

Monday, August 27, 2012

Appearance at Pohick Church, Alexandria, VA

Colonial Pohick - Print Courtesy of Pohick Church
His Excellency will be at the 250th Anniversary Celebration  of his election to the church Vestry on 20 October at Pohick Church in Lorton, Virginia.  The doors open at 3:30 pm.  Don't miss it! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Ferry Farm Celebrates The 4th

Ferry Farm in Stafford County celebrated the 4th of July with activates at the boyhood home of George Washington from 10-5 on Wednesday. The site theme this year was "Symbols Americans Hold Dear". The focus was on things like the American flag and the Statue of Liberty.  General Washington was on site talking with Ted Schubel who was reporting on location on behalf of Stafford's Radio Station WFVA, B101.5. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

18 February - Appearing at Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia

"February 16, 2012 12:10 am
This weekend, Ferry Farm is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the big guy's big day.


In contrast with the more staid images of iconic portraits of our nation's Founding Fathers, that daring band of patriots was, in fact, filled with enthusiasm, courage and ingenuity. And the folks at Ferry Farm will instill those qualities in their celebrations of our first president's 280th birthday this weekend.

"We want children and adults to think more about history and to make history alive and exciting," said Alma Withers, director of educational programming.

The Ferry Farm staff has found that dramatic live performances provide an effective and engaging avenue to accomplish that goal, and their Presidents Day celebrations will host a spectrum of entertaining, interactive productions that will long be remembered.

History Theater performances on Saturday will feature skits written by VCU theater major Levi Shrader and dramatized against painted scenes especially created for the productions. In one skit, the audience can witness a history-making discussion among a young George Washington, his mother, Mary, and older brother Augustine. The topic? After the untimely death of George's father, it was difficult for Mary to manage the family farm and care for her young children. When George's plans to pursue an education in England were no longer possible, Augustine proposed that his younger brother begin his career by joining Great Britain's Navy. Protective mother that she was, Mary strongly opposed the idea.

The skit's motion is halted at that point for a discussion period with the audience, in which they consider the effect that day's decision would have on our nation's destiny.

Another skit features the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by German artist Emmanuel Leutze. Volunteers from the audience will come onstage to man the boat, as an art historian engages the audience in a lively discussion and critical thinking about elements in the painting that do not correspond to the actual conditions of the river in the Colonies at that time.

The day's festivities will also include an opportunity for young visitors to try their hand at Colonial games such as hoops, graces, Jacob's ladder, ball and cup, stilt-walking, and lawn bowling. Take-home crafts will include making a tricorn hat, a cherry tree drawing, and a silhouette. Weather permitting, visitors will also have an opportunity to test their skill in a stone toss across the river.
Children can also create a birthday card for George, who will view them on display when he personally visits the site, and birthday cake will be served throughout the day.

Special activities will continue on Monday with an archaeology showcase dubbed "Young George Washington and the Buried Past."

"There are many wonderful archaeological sites throughout Virginia, but we at Ferry Farm are at such an exciting stage," said education assistant Rebekah Eaton. "We have the opportunity to witness archaeology in progress. We are continually discovering new things about George Washington and his family and the history of Fredericksburg."

Monday's activities will include a display of a simulated dig that visitors can explore. In a dramatization, "Object Whisperer," an archaeologist and "Mary Washington" will discuss artifacts that have been found on the site and what they reveal about the life and times of the Colonial era.
A new and exciting feature will be an appearance by The Magnificent Materialist: Teller of Artifact Fortunes (Ferry Farm's own renowned archaeologist, Dave Maraca) who will talk about what possessions and items of clothing of audience members reveal about the life and likes of their owners. Other highlights include an exploration cart loaded with Civil War artifacts and a scavenger hunt in the exhibit rooms featuring artifacts from George Washington's family.

Throughout the day, visitors will have an opportunity to view archaeologists in action, working with artifacts at different stages in the site's laboratory.

In a craft session, visitors can create their own Delftware patterns and learn about the important role that ceramic shards have in identifying various periods of history that different objects come from.
"Activities for both days will be very low-tech, which means we will be giving children the opportunity to do things that are very hands-on and minds-on," said Withers. "And we've found that when children are happy and learning, parents are happy and learning as well."

Collette Caprara is a local writer and artist."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Ferry Farm, July 4th

Photo Courtesy of the George Washington Foundation (GWF)
This past Fourth of July, His Excellency General Washington, returned to his roots where he spent the day celebrating with family, neighbors, and distinguished guests as part of the “Spirit of America” Celebration hosted by the George Washington Foundation.

The General began his day with a radio interview with Ted Schubel on WFVA 1230 that was broadcasting live from the Farm part of that morning.  The General then participated in a Flag Retirement Ceremony conducted by Boy Scout Troop 170 along with U.S. Congressman Rob Wittman of the Virginia's 1st District.  That ceremony included the Mayor of Fredericksburg, Dr. Thomas Tomzak, and Stafford County District Supervisors Gary Snellings (Hartwood), Susan Stimpson (Falmouth), and Harry Crisp (George Washington).  During the ceremony, the General addressed the public and reminded them that they were the beneficiaries of the sacrifices that so many had given while gesturing to todays Wounded Warriors that were also present.

Photo Courtesy of the GWF

Afterwards, the General spent the rest of day greeting the public and answering questions.  He was able to visit with his friend General Bernardo Galvez of the Spanish Louisiana Regiment.

The General was also interviewed by Chris Carmichael of B101.5 FM.  Many were there to celebrate the day with him.

Photo Courtesy of the GWF

Friday, July 1, 2011

Celebrating The 4th At Ferry Farm

His Excellency will be at Ferry Farm, his boyhood home for a visit, on the 4th of July.  WFVA, 1230 AM Radio, Ted Schubel will discuss the country's Declaration of Independence from the King from 10 to 11 of the clock.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Fourth of July at Ferry Farm

The General will be making an appearance at Ferry Farm on Monday the 4th of July.  Ferry farm was his boyhood home where he lived from the age of 6 until he was 20. It was here that he learned the values and developed the character that would influence the rest of his life.  Don't miss it!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Washington's Come to Dinner Review

Colonel and Mrs. Washington made a visit after Church to Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle this Saturday past for dinner.  The meal was delightful and the company well met.  The house was full of friends, neighbors, and servants. Also in attendance were Patsy Custis and Sarah Carlyle who learned some of the art of deportment and dance by the dance mistress, and they provided a small demonstration to the Washington's in perfect accord.  The Washington's give a most sincere thank you to the Carlyle's for their wonderful hospitality.

Mr. Gilbert, the Executive Director of the NVPRA, made a visit and provided us with his thoughts regarding Colonel Washington's part. He said, "Greg does an amazing George Washington, we are extremely fortunate to have his help."

He went on to state that, "The re-enactments are the high points of the year at the Carlyle House. The end goal of any historic site, is not so much the building but the opportunity it provides to teach people about history. I know of no better way to engage the public in history than to make it come alive! The knowledge that each of you brings to this task is amazing."

Lt Col Tilghman

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Washington Comes to Dinner

The esteemed Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority has made note of His Excellency's visit to Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle, this Saturday the 12th of February at Noon.


Lt Col Tilghman

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

General Washington Makes An Appearance in Fredericksburg, VA

General Washington visited Fredericksburg, VA, on 10 January.  He stopped in at the Kenmore Inn to discuss business and politics with OFIC North America's distinguished guests. 

Lt Col Tench Tilghman