George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm is 1.5 mi. e. on SR 3 to 268 Kings Hwy. It was here on his father’s 600-acre tobacco and corn plantation that Washington learned his skills as a surveyor. The farm was also the fabled setting of the cherry tree, created by an early biographer to illustrate young George’s honesty.
Archeological excavations are ongoing at the site. Remains of Washington’s boyhood home—an eight-room, one-and-a-half story clapboard house—as well as a kitchen, slave quarters and numerous 18th-century artifacts were uncovered in 2008. A self-guiding iPad tour highlighting the period the Washington family lived at Ferry Farm is available. A demonstration garden features plants typical of those grown on the original plantation.