Calendar of Events
Our Alpaca Farm Tour tour runs about an hour. The tour covers all sorts of Alpaca facts, giving you the history of alpacas in America and the current Alpaca herd in America, descibing all that we do with our animals – highlighting their much desired fleece. The tour concludes in our fiber studio where you will see all types of products made from alpaca fiber. We highlight the yarns made from our alpacas. Our tour fees are kept at a minimum so all can experience these wonderful animals God gave us to enjoy. Families and individuals: under 3 are free $4 ages 3-11 $6 ages 12 thru adult Tour days and times: By appointment, Wed thru Sat - 11:00, 1:00, 3:00
Organized Groups: We offer customized tours for school and church groups, home school groups, MOPS groups, scout troops, children's parties, fiber guilds and Your Group. Sample tour package for a School group: Length of farm visit – 2 hours including time for lunch (bring your own) Personalized presentation and farm tour with question-answer period Take Photos of the alpacas (your camera) Make-and-take age appropriate alpaca craft A picture of one of our alpacas and some alpaca fiber to take home Cost per student: $8.00 Chaperon: $5.00 (no craft) Call to schedule your customized tour today!
Hogtown BBQ, hosted by the Union Church Preservation Project, is a FREE community event that will feature lots of exciting activities, crafts, food, and entertainment for people of all ages. Kids will have a moon-bounce, face painting, races, and more. Adults can enjoy horseshoes, cornhole, a dunk tank and other activities. Also offered will be numerous vendors with various arts and crafts as well as lots of food vendors - including a wide variety of the area's best barbeque!
One of the event's highlight attractions will be the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile exhibit from the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.
Visitors are encouraged to take a tour of the Union Church Historic Site, located within walking distance from the site location, and visit other historic sites, such as Gari Melchers' Belmont, Chatham Manor, and George Washington's Ferry Farm, all within a ten-minute drive.
While the event is free to the public, all funds raised will go to support the Union Church Preservation Project, which is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to preserve the Union Church Historic Site.
Relive old memories/create new ones. What was life like at Ferry Farm during World War II? For the Linton family it was life on a Stafford County farm plus living on the same land as our first president, a tourist destination since the 18th century. As a matter of fact, the Linton children gave tours to visitors who came to honor the first president during this time of national struggle.
- 11:00am "Wartime Reminiscences with the Lintons" - a question and answer with the Linton family highlighting their childhoods growing up at Ferry Farm and life in Stafford during World War II.
- 3:00pm "Marketing the War: The Role of Propaganda in World War II" A presentation by Archaeologist Joseph Blondino about the use of propaganda by the United States, Germany, and other nations to influence their citizens on the home front to support the war.
- Archaeology site open all day. Artifacts from the archaeology dig from the 1940s on display in the Visitors Center.
- Fun activities throughout the day on victory gardens, rationing, toys and games, USO dances, and American life during the 1940s
Gallery talk about the exhibition of archival photographs and related materials documenting the estate's gardens and grounds. Included are original 1927 photographs taken by the pioneering female documentarian of architecture and gardens in the South, Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), as well as photos taken by owners Gari and Corinne Melchers, who revived and expanded upon the historic gardens.
Jane Guerin of Jane Guerin, flowers will present a demonstration showcasing her experience and design skills honed by studies at Flower School New York.
Behind the scenes tour led by Director David Berreth. Included with museum admission. Reservations required at 540 654-1840.
Come celebrate July 4th at George Washington's Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm! This annual event features historic interpreters, crafts & games, entertainment, a flag ceremony, food vendors, and much more. Great, old-fashioned fun for the entire family.
Presentation by frame conservator Sandy Jensen. Ms. Jensen's talk will discuss the history of frame styles and the painter's participation in choosing his frames. She will also touch on conservation techniques, ethics and concerns in the recent treatment of the one-of-a-kind frame for Gari Melchers' Brabant Bride.
With purchase of your $16 wristband ($10 for children) you will receive tastings from both Potomac Point Winery and guest, Paradise Springs, AND access to the moonbounce, face painting, grape stomping, games, activities and PRIZES!
Our menu will feature: Roasted Butternut Squash Bisque and Parsnip Crisps; Virginia Honey Crisp, Buttery Bibb & Endive Salad with Potomac Point Champagne – Dijon Vinaigrette; Italian Prosciutto, Smoked Gouda & Caramelized Onion - Pear Panini with Rabelos Port - Fig Jam; Brunswick Stew – A Virginia Fall Tradition; Warm Apple & Cranberry “Buckle” with Vanilla Bean Cream. All food purchases are a la carte.
HARVEST FEST WINE SPECIALS: 10% off purchase of 3 bottles, 15% off purchase of 6 bottles, 20% off full case purchase. Club members receive an additional 5% off!
Wild Women and D'Vine Club members make sure you come in for the fall package pickup!
Presentation by Allan Stypeck, President of Washington, DC's Second Story Books and noted antiquarian bookseller and appraiser, will speak on the fascinating world of book collections, both large and small, and those who remain captivated by their existence. Mr. Stypeck will also appraise books, manuscripts, photographs and recordings for attendees. Limit 5 items per attendee. Included with museum admission. Reservations required.