George Washington Boyhood Home Site

Also known as: Ferry Farm
237 King's Highway, Fredericksburg, Virginia


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Known locally as Ferry Farm, this site has a significant association with George Washington, a figure of transcendent importance in the history of the United States. The archaeological remains at this Washington's boyhood home provide a unique opportunity to understand his early life, which is poorly documented by written sources. In addition, Americans created some of their most important myths and traditions associated with Washington at this site, such as the story of Washington chopping down the cherry tree. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 16, 2000

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 2000
Reference number
NR name
Washington, George, Boyhood Home Site
Areas of significance
Archeology - Non-Aboriginal; Exploration/Settlement; Other
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; D - Information Potential
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Water-related
Current functions
Museum; Outdoor recreation; Park
Periods of significance
1700-1749; 1750-1799; 1800-1824; 1825-1849; 1850-1874
Significant years
1738; 1741; 1774
Number of properties
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing sites: 4
Non-contributing buildings: 4
Non-contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing sites: 1

Update Log 

  • March 13, 2020: New Street View added by Michael Miller