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Archaeologist to speak today at Ferry Farm

It’s sure to be a humdinger.

David Muraca, the former Colonial Williamsburg archaeologist who–with Dr. Philip Levy–has led the news-making, scientific investigation at Ferry Farm, will give a talk there today that’s sure to provide a fresh perspective on the nation’s first president.

Muraca, director of archaeology for The George Washington Foundation, will follow the life of young George and how his childhood contributed to the man he was to become. His free lecture is at 2 p.m. at the Ferry Farm Visitor Center, 268 Kings Highway, in southern Stafford County. It’s a 5-minute drive from downtown Fredericksburg.

His whimsical title: “The Search for George Washington–Boy Adventurer.”

Washington spent his formative years on his family’s farm across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. In those days, the tidal Rappahannock was a gateway to the global commerce of the Atlantic world and the Washington farm was near a busy crossroads for traders, sailors and people headed for Virginia’s frontier.

In 2008, Gov. Tim Kaine announced that research by Muraca and his team had discovered the exact site of Washington family’s farmstead, which had been lost to history for many decades.

Muraca’s lecture is part of Archaeology Month at Ferry Farm, a National Historic Landmark.

For more on this month’s lecture series, see

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