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No plan, for now, to link primary George Washington sites for tourists
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Date published: 7/12/2008
Pogue said Ferry Farm will have more of a challenge, "not having any [existing] buildings, and not as much information as they would like" about what the actual Washington home at Ferry farm was like in detail.
Still, there are plans to build a replica house on the property in the future.
While there's no formal working agreement among Mount Vernon, Ferry Farm and Washington's birthplace, "We are collegial with all those places," Pogue said.
"The world of Washington is a small one, and we have lots of contacts. We talk about the other sites, and nobody views it as competition in any way."
The birthplace and another Washington site, Sulgrave Manor in Britain, signed a formal "sister parks" agreement last year under which they share educational programs and other efforts.
Sulgrave Manor, the family's ancestral home, was built by Lawrence Washington, George's great-great-great-great-great-grandfather. Three generations later, John Washington--the first of the line in the Colonies--emigrated in 1656 to Westmoreland. He is buried in the family plot at Popes Creek.
Mount Vernon and Ferry Farm are owned and operated by private, nonprofit organizations. George Washington Birthplace National Monument is operated by the National Park Service.
Dave A. Laclergue, acting superintendent at Washington's birthplace, said more of a relationship among the three could develop.
"There's is nothing in the works right now," he said, but he has talked with officials at Ferry Farm in general terms about promoting each other's sites.
"We all think about it and are aware of that possibility," Laclergue said.
Paula Raudenbush, spokeswoman for The George Washington Foundation, which owns and operates Ferry Farm, agreed.
"We've been talking about this for a long time, but there's no definite plan yet. It's something I think all of us are interested in."
Staff writer Clint Schemmer contributed to this report.ferryfarm.org nps.gov/gewa mountvernon.org sulgravemanor.org.uk
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