During the Civil War, Ferry Farm served as a staging ground for the Union Army attacking Fredericksburg. Abraham Lincoln visited the troops at the farm in 1862. By the mid 1800s, the Union troops had ruined the house on the farm that had been newly replaced. They also ruined smaller buildings on the property, crops, and farm animals.
When visiting Ferry Farm, you will spend time in the Visitor Center, which includes lots of Civil War and colonial artifacts from the property. The archaeology lab is open Monday through Friday, and you are able to watch the archaeologists working. You can walk around the gardens that contain plants that were growing there during the 18th century. The self-guided tour allows you to explore the 80-acre farm.