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Colonial Farm at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Colonial Farm at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

The Colonial Farm became part of George Washington Birthplace National Monument in 1968 when the focus of the park shifted from memorializing George Washington to the birth place itself. Yes, George is still important in the scheme of things, but this is not a park where you come to learn about General Washington or President Washington, but about a young boy, his family, and the environment in which he grew up.

Sheep in the field at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Sheep in the field at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

The National Park Service has re-created a Colonial-era farm typical of those that Washington grew up on, complete with reproductions of outbuildings and traditional animals and crops. The farm buildings include a weaving room, a workshop, and a barn to house the animals.

Barn at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Barn at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Sheep and old barn house at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Sheep and old barn house at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Tobacco field at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Tobacco field at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

The weaving room and workshop are furnished with equipment authentic to the time period and are usually open for you to look inside. During select times of the year, actual demonstrations are held in the buildings.

Weaving building at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Weaving building at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Inside the Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Inside the Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Forge inside the Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Forge inside the Colonial Farm Workshop at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Keep in mind that the Memorial House and the kitchen are also an integral part of the farm. The kitchen is furnished and open to visitors. The Memorial House is furnished as well, but is only accessible during Ranger-guided tours.

Memorial House and kitchen at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Memorial House and kitchen at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Interior of the kitchen at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Interior of the kitchen at George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Animals traditionally raised in Colonial Virginia such as Hog Island Sheep, Red Devon Oxen, and horses can be found in the pastures and barn area. However, this is not a petting zoo and children need to understand that the animals can be dangerous.

Hog Island Sheep at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Hog Island Sheep at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Horses at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

Horses at the Colonial Farm, George Washington Birthplace National Monument

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Last updated on April 17, 2024
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