It was slated to be gorgeous weather, and the cold was supposed to come rolling in the day after (and it did - full on arctic blast! yuck) so we wanted to do something outdoors. A little brainstorming led me to a local treasure: Ferry Farm, George Washington's Boyhood Home.
Ferry Farm is approximately five minutes from my house, just on the other side of the river from historic downtown Fredericksburg. It's the site where the home that George Washington grew up in was located - the house is no longer there, but archaeologists have located the foundation, and there are plans in the works to rebuild the home.
Having lived in this area for over 20 years, as the daughter of a teacher who always used days off for educational purposes, I've been to a lot of historic sites around here. We'd never visited Ferry Farm, though - so it was new for the whole family. My mom packed a scrumptious picnic for us, which we enjoyed at a picnic table under the trees, and my dad greeted me with my first Starbucks Red Cup of the season. What more could a girl need? (Hint: to not be dressed like it's fall when it turns out to be 75*! I was sweating. Beautiful.)
Included in the price of admission at Ferry Farm is a self-guided iPad tour - they hand you an iPad loaded with an app designed for the site, and you follow the path all around the property looking for numbered flags. When you find a flag, you touch the corresponding number on the screen, and each one has videos, pictures, and facts about the area where you're standing. It was a pretty neat way to take a tour, and nice that we could take as long or as little at each spot.
We spent a little over an hour walking around and learning about George Washington's childhood... and when we'd had enough, we headed back across the river for a round of drinks and appetizers at one of our favorite local restaurants. It was a great way to spend a day off, and enjoy some quality time with two of my favorite vets (thanks, Mom & Dad!).