The farm was named after the Washington family had left the property.
Its namesake was a free ferry that crossed the Rappahannock River on Washington land—the family did not own or operate it.
The farm rose to national prominence during the Washington Birth Bicentennial of 1932—during the years surrounding this celebration some authors cited both the names Ferry Farm and Pine Grove.
Over thousands of years, American Indians periodically inhabited the lands that today make up Ferry Farm.
The site is located in Stafford County, Virginia, along the northern bank of the Rappahannock River, across from the city of Fredericksburg.
In July 2008, archaeologists announced that they had found remains of the boyhood home, which had suffered a fire during 1740, including artifacts such as pieces of a cream-colored tea set probably belonging to George's mother, Mary Ball Washington.
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