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A Foundation the remembers our Founding Father

June 8 , 2009

George Washington Foundation
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Lewis Insurance Associates in Stafford, Va.

George Washington FoundationLocation: Fredericksburg, Virginia

Where you’ve heard the name: When the Foundation announced the discovery of the remains of Washington’s childhood house last summer, it made the national news on all major networks and was featured in newspapers in all 50 states.

More than just the guy on the dollar bill: Washington’s claim to fame, of course, is the whole first-President-of-the-United-States gig, so most people don’t know about George the boy. Ferry Farm, where Washington was raised from age 6, is the place where he was educated and developed his exemplary character.

Plantation visitation: Visitors can also take in Kenmore, a Georgian-style mansion built by Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Col. Fielding Lewis. About Kenmore, Calvin Coolidge once said, “It ought to be preserved for its own sake. It must be preserved for patriotic America.” The mansion has just undergone a seven-year restoration and furnishings are being gradually re-introduced.

From far and wide: Visitors to Ferry Farm and Kenmore include locals, visitors to the area and school groups—people from all over the country and all over the world. In 2008, there were more than 33,000 visitors in all.

Room to roam: The Foundation’s property at Ferry Farm is 113 acres, most of which is open to the public. It includes riverfront, wooded areas and meadows, and is home to foxes, deer, wild turkeys and other wildlife. At Kenmore, the house is located in a residential section of Fredericksburg near the city’s historic district.

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