Across from Fredericksburg on the Rappahannock River in Stafford County is Ferry Farm. It was George Washington’s childhood home from 1738-1754, and the place where our first president at age six couldn’t lie to his father after chopping down a prized cherry tree. George Washington left Ferry Farm to work as a surveyor west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. In 1774 Mary Ball Washington (mother) moved to a home in Fredericksburg purchased for her by George Washington. Ferry Farm was sold to Dr. Hugh Mercer. But he never occupied it due to his service as a Brigadier General in the Revolutionary War. In 1777 he was killed at the Battle of Princeton and became a symbol of American bravery for the Continental Army. The Union Army of the Potomac used Ferry Farm as a winter camp and crossing point over the Rappahannock River during the Battles of Fredericksburg (1862) and Chancellorsville (1863).
For complete information please visit Stafford County Parks & Recreation website.
Curtis Lake Memorial Park features an Olympic swimming pool with diving area, concession stand, zero-depth entry wading pool with water sprinkler, 91 acre fishing lake with boat launch, nature trail, picnic shelters (reservations), playground, skateboarding park (ramps and rails), baseball field, open grass space, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts.
The Port of Falmouth Park is a popular local attraction for fishing, swimming, and passing time. It was also the location of a busy commodities shipping port for inhabitants on the north side of the Rappahannock River. The Port of Falmouth closed around 1850. During the Battle of Fredericksburg (1862) & the Battle of Chancellorsville (1863) Falmouth was destroyed by the Union Army of the Potomac. Most dwellings were used as firewood during the occupation. It never recovered as a commercial district after the Civil War.
The Massad Family YMCA offers aquatics fitness classes, swim lessons, water therapy, American Red Cross lifeguard certification, childcare programs for before and after school designed to help working parents, childcare camps, child watch during work outs, and Parents Night Out. This is a program offered during school months for children 18 months to 12 years old. Parents can leave children at Massad YMCA 1 Friday night per month for members with family memberships.
The Steve and Cheri Thurston Water Park at the Massad Rappahannock YMCA has a 25 by 25 meter pool, zero entry, 15′ youth slide, two 30′ slides, a 4′ kids slide, water sprayers, and concessions. The Massad Marlins Swim Team uses the water park at the Massad YMCA for practice sessions and home swim meets.
The Rappahannock Area YMCA Rowe Tennis Center has junior and adult new player programs, team tennis, tournaments, ladders, round robins, socials and mixers, and open tennis.
There are also fitness programs at the Massad Family YMCA for home school students, preschool fitness programs, music and dance classes, youth basketball league, open court, martial arts, massages, personal training, special needs adult exercise, Special Olympics basketball team and swim team, swimming lessons, youth-adult-senior social groups, youth-adult-senior tennis, and youth-adult-senior fitness classes. Fitness machines and classes are in a newly renovated 6,000 square foot wellness center.
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