Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Explore the ideas and legacy of George Mason, Founding Father and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, at his 18th-century home.
Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. Its owner, George Mason IV (1725-1792), was a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and one of the era’s most influential figures. As author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, Mason was among the first to call for such fundamental American liberties as religious toleration and freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson once referred to Mason as “a man of the first order of wisdom.” Today, Gunston Hall is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America. Hours of public visitation are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Each visitor will receive a guided tour of the mansion; the 550 acres of grounds and hiking trails are open until 6:00 p.m. A variety of special events are presented throughout the year.
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Join us this Saturday as we remember the resiliency and resourcefulness of enslaved workers, like those who toiled at Gu...
07/23/2020

Join us this Saturday as we remember the resiliency and resourcefulness of enslaved workers, like those who toiled at Gunston Hall. Tune in and learn how to make two filling dishes built from their meager rations and the hard-earned produce they raised.

#HonorThem #SlowFood

07/22/2020
Food of the Enslaved: Barbecue, featuring Michael Twitty

Is it hot outside? Or is it your grill? It's BBQ season, here in Virginia. (And that means both are searing!)

Get fired up to learn more about the African origins of barbecue in this video between culinary historian, Michael Twitty and merchant, Jonathan Townsend.

Want more? Don't forget to set a reminder to join us this Virtual Summer Saturdays: Food. We're exploring the food of enslaved workers. #BBQ #OriginStory

New Instagram - @18thcenturycooking This video is the second of a series that focuses on historic foods of the enslaved African community of North America. #...

Let us raise a #TuesdayToast to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowme...
07/21/2020
DAACS | Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery

Let us raise a #TuesdayToast to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities for creating DAACS. The archive highlights the materials and objects, recovered through archaeology, that enslaved Africans and their descendants used in the 18th and 19th centuries. This digital inventory makes artifacts from sites in the Chesapeake, Carolinas, and Caribbean available for researchers around the world.

At Gunston Hall, we use this database. The details available in it help us make sense of the artifacts we uncover as we strive to piece together the lives of the hundreds of people George Mason enslaved. Explore more, here: https://www.daacs.org/

#HuzzahHuzzahHuzzah #SayTheirNames #UncoverTheirLives #HonoringTheEnslaved #ArchaeologyRocks

In a letter to Arthur Campbell, George Mason confided that he "retired from public Business from a thorough Conviction t...
07/20/2020

In a letter to Arthur Campbell, George Mason confided that he "retired from public Business from a thorough Conviction that it was not in my Power to do any Good..." Mason's political convictions often caused clashes in the Virginia General Assembly, and later the Constitutional Convention. But even when he wasn't physically participating in the meetings, his thoughts, and pen, were focused on this work. He hoped for "a State of Peace & Tranquility" while also striving to have Americans "secure the Rights and Liberty of ourselves & our Posterity."

#GreatHope #WisdomAndVirtue #PeaceAndTranquility #MasonMonday

On August 3, we will reopen the mansion, visitor center, and museum shop. As we begin our phased reopening, know that we...
07/19/2020

On August 3, we will reopen the mansion, visitor center, and museum shop. As we begin our phased reopening, know that we are committed to your health and safety. While we look forward to seeing you shopping in the museum store, browsing our exhibition, or touring the mansion, and we understand if you aren't ready to return yet. We encourage you to safely explore our grounds and continue to discover more about George Mason, human rights, and the history of Gunston Hall online on our "Learning from Home" webpage. When you are ready to return, we'll be waiting for you. #VirginiaIsForLovers #StaySafe

https://gunstonhall.org/learn/learning-from-home/

Have you found George yet? If you are looking for a new Friday happy hour drink, check out ""Geo. Mason Wines"" by Siema...
07/17/2020

Have you found George yet? If you are looking for a new Friday happy hour drink, check out ""Geo. Mason Wines"" by Siema Wine. It's a private label made exclusively for George Mason University! The labels were designed by GMU graphic design students, and the packaging and marketing campaigns are the work of GMU marketing students. The best part? Siema Wines donates a portion of the revenues to scholarships for George Mason University students. Cheers!

#TGIF #Cheers #HappyHour
https://siemawines.com/gmu-wines

We constantly dig into the past with our archaeology program and now you can too. Join us this Saturday for our weekly V...
07/16/2020

We constantly dig into the past with our archaeology program and now you can too. Join us this Saturday for our weekly Virtual Summer Saturday program during which we will share our recent discoveries and discuss how the objects we find beneath the ground help us learn more about the people who once lived here.

Registration is FREE, sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-saturdays-archaeology-tickets-108456536420

Introducing our 2020 micro-wedding packages! Our 4 package options are perfect for couples looking to tie the knot in an...
07/15/2020

Introducing our 2020 micro-wedding packages! Our 4 package options are perfect for couples looking to tie the knot in an intimate ceremony with family and friends on our grounds. To schedule a private tour or for more information, email Nicole Ryan at [email protected]. #WeddingWednesday

https://gunstonhall.org/visit/weddings-and-rentals/

#OTD in 1789, citizens stormed the Bastille.  This French prison was a symbol of Monarchial overreach.John, George Mason...
07/14/2020

#OTD in 1789, citizens stormed the Bastille. This French prison was a symbol of Monarchial overreach.

John, George Mason's son, arrived in Bordeaux, France in 1788, and watched part of the French Revolution unfold in real time. He remained there and reported on events in a series of letters through 1791.

In reply to one those letters home, George Mason shared that he "heartily" wished "the french Nation Success in establishing their new Government, upon the Principles of Liberty, & the sacred Rights of human Nature."

#libertéégalitéfraternité #LibertyEqualityFraternity #Vivelafrance #ageofrevolutions #eyewitnesstohistory

Congratulations to the students and faculty at George Mason University who recently won six Telly Awards, a high honor f...
07/13/2020
GMU-TV Wins Six Tellys for Videos Showcasing Research, Student Programs

Congratulations to the students and faculty at George Mason University who recently won six Telly Awards, a high honor for videos and television programs made for all screens. A Silver Telly was awarded for “The Enslaved Peoples of George Mason," which focuses on the historical research being conducted by Mason students on some of the men, women and children enslaved at Gunston Hall.

If you haven't seen their work yet, please check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7o_pvRObMc&feature=youtu.be or https://gunstonhall.org/learn/george-mason/mason-slavery/

#OurWorkIsNotDone #StoriesOfAllForAll #GeorgeMasonUniversity

George Mason University’s GMU-TV was awarded six Tellys this year—two Golds, two Silvers, and two Bronzes—for excellence in the nonbroadcast/educational institution category for videos promoting the university’s research endeavors and

#DYK that there are three nature trails you can hike at Gunston Hall? Our easiest and most popular trail is the Blue Bir...
07/12/2020

#DYK that there are three nature trails you can hike at Gunston Hall? Our easiest and most popular trail is the Blue Bird trail, and now is the perfect time to spot these beautiful birds! If you're up for some rugged adventure, consider hiking our trails to the Potomac River. The view is worth it!

Our grounds are open 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. Get your grounds pass in advance here: https://gunstonhall.org/pay/

Did you miss today's Summer Saturday program? No worries! You can watch the recorded events and discover more through ou...
07/11/2020

Did you miss today's Summer Saturday program? No worries! You can watch the recorded events and discover more through our "Learning From Home" webpage. Explore historic games, primary sources, recipes, gardening techniques, and more each week. Visit, http://ow.ly/sM4K50AubK9

Dogs have always been (and still are!) welcome at Gunston Hall. George Mason even selected a dog holding an antler as on...
07/10/2020

Dogs have always been (and still are!) welcome at Gunston Hall. George Mason even selected a dog holding an antler as one element of his family coat of arms.

Gunston Hall is the perfect canine paradise: many trees, huge open fields for zooming, and plenty of small animals to sniff out. Order your grounds pass online and visit us with your pup!
https://gunstonhall.org/pay/

#Loyalty #Guardianship #GoodDoggie #WoofWoof

Come, and play with Gunston Hall!This Summer Saturday, we're learning about games of the 18th century. Most free colonis...
07/09/2020

Come, and play with Gunston Hall!

This Summer Saturday, we're learning about games of the 18th century. Most free colonists worked or attended school 6 days a week! Enslaved workers had even less time off. People of all ages and social levels, however still found time for fun.

From 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. get hands-on with history from the comfort of your own home. Advance registration is required but attendance is FREE: https://gunstonhall.org/event/virtual-summer-saturdays-games/

#SummerSatudays #GetHandsOnWithHistory #WorkHardPlayHard #Play #LearnWithUs

Happy 4th of July!
07/04/2020

Happy 4th of July!

TODAY you can visit our gorgeous grounds. We offer a safe experience for all with contactless Grounds Pass purchasing an...
07/03/2020

TODAY you can visit our gorgeous grounds. We offer a safe experience for all with contactless Grounds Pass purchasing and a digital platform to discover so much more about our outbuildings and the surrounding 550 acres. Wear a sturdy pair of shoes and follow along on your smartphone to find your unique adventure at Gunston Hall.

https://gunstonhall.org/visit/guide

#SeeYouAtGunston #Freedom #WehaveCleanBathrooms #QRCodesAreBack

Let us help you mark the anniversary of the United States, 18th-style.  Attend Saturday's @Virtual Summer Saturday and d...
07/02/2020

Let us help you mark the anniversary of the United States, 18th-style. Attend Saturday's @Virtual Summer Saturday and discover ways that people showed their pride and political ideals during George Mason's lifetime, through worn badges, loud songs, and toasts.

Can't join us that day? Watch the recording later at www.gunstonhall.org/summer-saturdays

#OTD in 1975 the U.S. Postal Service released this stamp to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights.  Ot...
07/01/2020

#OTD in 1975 the U.S. Postal Service released this stamp to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Otherwise known as the first twelve amendments to the Constitution, and advocated for by George Mason, they were first expressed in his #VirginiaDeclarationofRights.

#VDR #thanksgeorge #georgemason #gunstonhall #arenttheypretty #bringthemback

#OTD in 1776, Virginia adopted the first constitution of the independent Commonwealth of Virginia and elected Patrick He...
06/29/2020

#OTD in 1776, Virginia adopted the first constitution of the independent Commonwealth of Virginia and elected Patrick Henry (Patrick Henry's Red Hill) the first governor.

George Mason was the primary author of this historic document. The Virginia Constitution served as an important model for many other state constitutions, including the official U.S. Constitution. The state constitution based on George’s draft was in use in Virginia until 1830.

#MasonMonday #GeorgeMason #USConstitution

#OTD in 1776, Virginia adopted the first constitution of the independent Commonwealth of Virginia and elected Patrick He...
06/29/2020

#OTD in 1776, Virginia adopted the first constitution of the independent Commonwealth of Virginia and elected Patrick Henry as governor.

George Mason was the primary author of this historic document. The Virginia Constitution served as an important model for many other state constitutions, plus, it influenced the U.S. Constitution. The state constitution based on George’s draft was in use in Virginia until 1830.

#MasonMonday #GeorgeMason #USConstitution

We want to know, how is your garden?! Share a picture and tell us, what are you going to do with all your produce? Need ...
06/28/2020

We want to know, how is your garden?!
Share a picture and tell us, what are you going to do with all your produce?

Need some ideas? How about you "dish up" a classic Virginia meal? Check out all the great cookbooks on the Museum Shop's website and find the perfect recipe for the fruits of your labor. https://gunstonhall.org/support/shop/

Don't miss today's Virtual Summer Saturdays: Garden program!  Meet our horticulturist, Ryan Dostal, and learn two ways t...
06/27/2020

Don't miss today's Virtual Summer Saturdays: Garden program! Meet our horticulturist, Ryan Dostal, and learn two ways to dry and save plants.

Registration for the FREE session is open until 10:15 a.m. Recordings will be posted at www.gunstonhall.org/summer-saturdays

On July 3, our grounds will reopen. With 550+ acres, even on the busiest day visitors can feel like they are the only on...
06/26/2020

On July 3, our grounds will reopen. With 550+ acres, even on the busiest day visitors can feel like they are the only ones on the site. If you are looking for a safe opportunity to get out of the house and learn something new, consider visiting us. www.gunstonhall.org/visit/guide

Gunston Hall's cover photo
06/26/2020

Gunston Hall's cover photo

#OTD in 1788 Virginia ratified the Federal Constitution, against George Mason's wishes. A Bill of Rights, he argued, wou...
06/25/2020

#OTD in 1788 Virginia ratified the Federal Constitution, against George Mason's wishes. A Bill of Rights, he argued, would assert and secure "from Encroachment, the Essential and unalienable Rights of the People." #GeorgeMason #essentialrights #BOR #hewasnothingifnotconsistent

Our virtual Summer Saturdays program continues this week with a chance meet our horticulturist and learn about gardening...
06/25/2020

Our virtual Summer Saturdays program continues this week with a chance meet our horticulturist and learn about gardening in the 18th century. Grab your garden shears, some herbs and flowers, and join us for this hands-on virtual session. 🌼

Can't join us that day? Watch the recording later at www.gunstonhall.org/summer-saturdays

It's the first day of summer but we've been celebrating for weeks with our Summer Saturdays program. Join us today at 10...
06/20/2020

It's the first day of summer but we've been celebrating for weeks with our Summer Saturdays program. Join us today at 10:30 for Virtual Summer Saturdays: Archaeology or watch the recording later at gunstonhall.org/summer-saturdays

On many colonial plantations, enslaved children made the bricks that went into the houses. In honor of #Juneteenth, now ...
06/19/2020

On many colonial plantations, enslaved children made the bricks that went into the houses. In honor of #Juneteenth, now declared a commonwealth holiday in VA, we recognize enslaved children at Gunston Hall, who built the foundation of the home of one of Virginia’s most prominent statesmen. We know names of only a few of them. The children’s names are followed by their age when construction began at Gunston Hall.
Oronoko, 13 • Synharp, 11 • Juba, 11 • Cato, 10 • Beck, 9 • Jenny, 8 • Agniss, 8

The Governor of Virginia has declared #Juneteenth a state holiday. In recognition of the day that commemorates freedom f...
06/19/2020

The Governor of Virginia has declared #Juneteenth a state holiday. In recognition of the day that commemorates freedom from slavery, we remember the enslaved individuals who, in a brave act of resistance and self-determination, attempted to escape to freedom. "Runaways" challenged the slave system and contributed to the emancipation of others. Thus far, we know of four enslaved persons associated with Gunston Hall who attempted to escape to freedom. One of them was Dick, who served at George Mason’s table.

Born in 1762, Dick later worked for George Mason’s son, George, at Lexington Plantation, originally a part of the Gunston Hall property. Dick ran away from Lexington at age 22, and an advertisement offered a reward of £5 for his return. Dick ran away again at age 24. It’s possible that Dick escaped for good this second time.

Have you registered for our free Virtual Summer Saturdays: Archaeology program, yet? Sign yourself or your family up for...
06/18/2020

Have you registered for our free Virtual Summer Saturdays: Archaeology program, yet? Sign yourself or your family up for something new and learn about Gunston Hall's archaeology program and what it takes to dig into the past. Check out our previous Summer Saturdays' on our website here: gunstonhall.org/summer-saturdays

🎂 Happy Birthday, United States Army! We wish we could be celebrating at the new National Museum of the U.S. Army Campai...
06/14/2020

🎂 Happy Birthday, United States Army! We wish we could be celebrating at the new National Museum of the U.S. Army Campaign but no thanks to COVID-19 we will just have to wait.

As we anxiously await the chance to return to our favorite museums, we'd love to hear from you. Please help us by completing this survey and tell us what is important to you when planning your future visit to Gunston Hall: https://forms.gle/EuEBYB5Rr6mkCBqv7

George Mason used many techniques to try to bring about change. He voted, ran for office, wrote letters to elected offic...
06/13/2020

George Mason used many techniques to try to bring about change. He voted, ran for office, wrote letters to elected officials, tried to persuade his friends, and protested. To exercise your right to vote, register here: https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

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The Mason family roots are from Birlingham Worcestershire! A English family with pedigree which I am proud to belong to!
I have been trying to prove my connection to George Mason for a long time now! I have a DNA test I can upload! All my family back to the 1600s are from Worcestershire England! I am willing to pay for help in proving my connection thanks! Ich Dien
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I visited The Commandery at Worcester England today a museum and a place which played a part in the English civil war! George Mason 1st would have certainly have spent time in this building along with his brother William and his cousin Gerard Fowke who were all commanders of horse for the King Charles Royalist Army! I hope it’s of interest!
The Hessian Regiment von Huyn presents a drill session for the public during a living history weekend a few years ago. We look forward to another event soon. Wiedersehen
What, if any renovations are going on now? What is the impact of the visitor experience? When do you expect to be done?
In reading journals and letters of the time period, I find it interesting the workings of the people on the grounds itself. The home and all of the supporting members of the grounds, would have worked together as a complete town, would have to work together to exist. I would love to see more on the daily lives of the people and how they would interact with one another as well as journal articles. More videos for students who would like to experience the history but who can not make the trip. thank you.
Do you have a history timeline event covering many various eras and cultures of military history? Just wondering. thanks
While you are cooking up your turkey dinner, consider how our colonial forebears had to prepare dinner in this week's MidAtlantic Day Trips Blog post that explores the intricacies of open-hearth cooking. Lovely Gunston Hall offers day-long seminars in open-hearth cooking, a memorable experience! And that reminds me: I'm so very grateful for today's conveniences! http://www.midatlanticdaytrips.com/2017/11/it-is-excellent-good-pudding.html
How did Geo. Mason run a 20,000 acre plantation with only 24 black slaves ?
I had the honor of working here this week if you have not been here you need to go. Its beautful and full of history. If there is something we all need is to become more in touch with where we came from and reasons in which it all started it will change your outlook on tomorrow and the way you view somethings. Do you yourself a favor and visit, pack a lunch stay for a while and absorb a good history lesson. Thank you again for allowing me and my company to service such a beautiful establishment.