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Ferry Farm looking to future

Archaeology continues to be important at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home in Stafford County. / File photo

Archaeology continues to be important at Ferry Farm, George Washington’s boyhood home in Stafford County. / File photo

The theme of the Stafford County Historical Society’s meetings this year is a guided walk-through of the county’s 350 years of history.

The members began 2014 with a presentation on Native Americans and will end the year in 1942 when they talk about Quantico’s World War II expansion.

“Everything we talk about is progressing from the previous meeting,” said Vice President Jane Conner.

The group met Thursday night in the Board of Supervisors’ chamber to take a closer look at the Colonial period and Stafford’s biggest celebrity, George Washington, and his boyhood home at Ferry Farm.

Dave Muraca, director of archaeology at Ferry Farm, described to the 50 people the exciting transformation the historical site is going to take in the next couple of years.

“It’s closer and closer to the dream you envisioned,” Muraca said.

For the last year and a half, the George Washington Foundation team has been out collecting any documentation they could find on the Washington family.

“We went fishin’, and we got a lot of fish,” Muraca said.

Muraca said the documents are from the time the family arrives in Virginia to about 1770 and traces their social connections and a timeline of their activity.

The team is currently working on getting the documents organized and uploaded.

“We want to be a repository for people who don’t want to go to the courthouse,” Muraca said.

Muraca also described the plans for the future layout of Ferry Farm, which is to make it as close as possible to how it looked when Washington lived there.

Arthur Hart, a society member, has lived in Stafford for 12 years and took an initial interest in Ferry Farm and George Washington.

“I am pleased to hear they found the site of the home and are building something there,” Hart said.

The proposal is to put the new structures over the remains of the original buildings.

“We want to put everything on the footprint of everything we already uncovered without damaging the resource,” Muraca said.

The foundation is also planning to have three walking tours developed based on three distinct time periods in Ferry Farm’s history. The three paths are the nature and native tour, the Washington tour and the Civil War tour.

Jessica Koers: 540/374-5444