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Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington's Boyhood Home

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Notedhistorianpens biographyof Ferry Farm—George Washington's boyhood home—and its three centuries ofAmerican history



In2002,Philip Levy arrived on the banks of Rappahannock River inVirginia to begin anarcheological excavation of Ferry Farm, theeight hundredacre plot of land that George Washington called home from age six until early adulthood.Six years later,Levy and his t
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by St. Martin's Press (first published February 5th 2013)
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Sally Boots
Where the Cherry Tree Grew: The Story of Ferry Farm, George Washington’s Boyhood Home gives us a new look at America’s first president and the landscape of his childhood. I’ll say, right off, that my natural habitat is fiction and I often can’t get through nonfiction books; on top of that, I am not normally interested in Great White Guys. But I loved this book, probably because it’s more about a place (Ferry Farm) than a president. The story starts with the native inhabitants of this chunk of la ...more
Holly
Nonfictional narrative detailing the history of George Washington's boyhood home. I appreciated the matter of fact tone , as so much of the history surrounding George Washington tends to be......overdone. This was interesting not only from the GW angle, but from an overall perspective of how things change and ultimately stay the same over a 200 year or so backdrop. The series of characters that march through the story of just that piece of property are entertaining and varied, but really go to s ...more
Kathy L.
I enjoyed this book as did my husband. This book is not a biography of George Washington but it is an historical account of the farm where he spent part of his youth. It is very interesting to read the history of the land from the American Indians through the early English settlers. I love learning how towns are settled and how they got their names. If you have ever been to this area of Virginia you will enjoy this book as Mr. Levy makes this area come alive. I plan on visiting Ferry Farm when I ...more
Jonathon Brock
This book was interesting in places. The author tries to build Ferry Farm up as this big historical place, and as the childhood home of George Washington it was. However, it was just a farm that even Washington didn't care about. The author states that throughout Ferry Farm's history the owners sought to make money by touting the farm's legacy. Each owner tried to rally national sentiment to get people to donate money for the upkeep of the farm. What happened? Each one failed! When Wal-Mart came ...more
John
I expected the book to have more detail relating to the archeological work at the site and I was disappointed that it only devoted one chapter to it although a fair amount of the book is derived from this work. It tells the story of George Washington’s boyhood home along with many associated sites in Fredericksburg, VA. I grew up in the town and a lot of the places are very familiar to me so I can confirm a lot of the detail that the author used. If you are interested in GW, the history of Virgi ...more
Skjam!
Mar 09, 2013 Skjam! rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: George Washington fans, history buffs, geography students
Recommended to Skjam! by: Goodreads
Full Disclosure: I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway, on the premise that I would review it.

This is something a little different for me, a geographical "biography" that traces the history of a particular place. In this case, the piece of land that became known as Ferry Farm, where George Washington lived during his boyhood years. The title alludes to the infamous Parson Weems story in which young George takes a hatchet to his father's favorite cherry tree and owns up to it.

The history b
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Scott Haraburda
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This book reminded me that death continually lurks in the shadows of our psyche. Using the basic question of popular existentialist philosophers, we wonder what it means to be alive and exist in this world. This is another way of asking ourselves about the meaning of life. One day, we are going to die. For many of us, what remains of our lives are the official records, such as birth and death certificates, and maybe even an
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Kelly Kilcrease
I really enjoyed this book as it gives both a perspective into archeology digs and the history of the GW's boyhood home. It is quiet amazing to read all that had happened on this land.

A large section of the book is devoted to GW's mother, Mary. I was surprised that there was no comment about the strained relationship the two had. Further, the chapter on Mary's gravesite and the real estate controversy that ensued seems out of place. However, the history of the land and its various users (includi
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Joyce Terranoa
I learned more about Washington than I knew before. Thank you for all the great info on him and also early Virginia.
Clayton Brannon
Anyone interested in American History or the early life of George Washington and what happened to the farm he grew up on this is a must read. Even if the cherry tree chopping, horse riding coin throwing stories are not true this is the place where they supposedly took place. Great read.
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A 2013 staff nonfiction favorite recommended by Thomas.

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Curtis Mann
I am interested in the use of historical archaeology findings in narratives of farms such as this. I think the author did a fine job of weaving the history of the farm with the results of his investigations.
Pmacke
an odd side-street of history, but an enjoyable view of colonial history, Washington's early days and perhaps America's first urban legend
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