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Ingles Ferry Tavern

Ingles Ferry is a historic farm in Virginia. It is both a working, commercial farm as well as a historical preserve where living history interpreters depict life in the late 18th century.

Ingles Ferry was originally a farm and small plantation owned by William Ingles, husband of Mary Draper Ingles. They settled there a few years after Mary's escape from Indian captivity. They raised three daughters and one son, John. Around 1762 William obtained a license to operate a ferry across the New River. The farm is a fully protected historical site.[1][2]

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A post card of the ferry c.1908


The Long Way Home

During the later half of the 20th century, an outdoor stage play entitled "The Long Way Home" was performed during the summer. It focused on Mary Draper Ingles' escape from Indian captivity. However, due to a variety of factors, the play was eventually shut down and the stage and scenery dismantled.

Living History

In 2003, work was begun in order to restore the area to what it might have looked like in the late 18th century.

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Photo of the original cabin, c.1890
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The reconstructed cabin, 2010

A cabin was constructed based on archeological work done in the 1970s and a photograph from the late 19th century.

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American Milking Devon cattle
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Hog Island Sheep

Period correct livestock were added to the farm in the form of American Milking Devon cattle and Hog Island Sheep from Colonial Williamsburg and Mount Vernon respectively. These animals, though incredibly common and highly popular in the 18th century, have since fallen out of favor and are now all but extinct. Ingles Ferry is actively involved in the preservation of both of these heirloom breeds.

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Spinning flax fibres inside the cabin

The farm and historical preserve remain in the hands of Mary Draper Ingles descendants. Although John Inlges' house is closed to the public as a private residence, the cabin and historical preserve are open to the public on select weekends throughout the spring and summer.


  1. ^ Virginia Outdoors Foundation Retrieved 16 July 2010
  2. ^ Virginia registers Retrieved 16 July 2010

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