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Nasca to speak on Civil War past

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Paul Nasca, the staff archaeologist with The George Washington Foundation, is giving a lecture this afternoon that people won’t want to miss.

His title is a grabber: “Lincoln’s War at Washington’s Boyhood Home.”

That home, of course, is Ferry Farm, where Nasca has managed phenomenal research that led to the recent discovery of the Washington family’s farmstead — lost to history for many decades. The war of the title is, naturally, the Civil War. Its coming, and the encampment of thousands of Union soldiers on the north bank of the Rappahannock River, bore big consequences for the Ferry Farm archaeological site.

Others may know Nasca as the GWF staff member who leads popular birding tours across the beautiful, high ridges and riverfront bottomlands of Ferry Farm.

His free lecture begins at 2 p.m. today at Ferry Farm, 268 Kings Highway, in southern Stafford County. It’s a 5-minute drive from downtown Fredericksburg.

It’s part of Archaeology Month at Ferry Farm, the second of three lectures by the National Historic Landmark’s expert staff. Next Sunday, director of archaeology David Muraca will speak; mark your calendar!

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For more on archaeology on the Washington house at Ferry Farm, see