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Talk on Archaeological Contributions to Furnishing Washington’s Boyhood Home

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Laura Galke, site director and small finds analyst in the Archaeology Department of The George Washington Foundation will present “Home Improvement: Archaeological Contributions to Furnishing Washington’s Boyhood Home” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

The talk will be held in the theatre of Headquarters branch of Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1201 Caroline St.

From Washington Heritage Museums
Members of the Washington family lived at Ferry Farm from 1738 – 1772.

George lived there from age 6 until his early 20s, yet little is known about his home life during these formative years.

The George Washington Foundation has sponsored archaeological investigations which have discovered the remains of the original house and the organization of its surrounding yard.

There are no contemporary images or maps of Washington’s Boyhood home, so archaeology is providing crucial evidence of where the house was located, how the surrounding yard was organized, and the kinds of dishes, dining utensils, fashions, furniture, household accessories, and even cabinet hardware in which the Washingtons invested.

Curators will use these artifacts to accurately furnish the newly recreated house at Ferry Farm. What makes these details crucial is that together they reflect the family’s aspirations and their strategies for success during a time when their finances were stretched.
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