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George Mason wrote to James Madison   December 7, 1785, about the continuing wrangling with Maryland over fishing rights...
12/07/2023

George Mason wrote to James Madison December 7, 1785, about the continuing wrangling with Maryland over fishing rights in the Potomac River. "... for this was the most difficult Business we had to settle with the Maryland Commissioners. The Idea of the Right of fishing on both Shores of Potomack River...."

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☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall!☀️It was great to see everyone at our fabulous Christmastide program this past Saturday...
12/04/2023

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall!☀️
It was great to see everyone at our fabulous Christmastide program this past Saturday. We were delighted to have Santa and Washington's Camerata on the premises. Here are a few pictures from the event....
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Saturday, December 9th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the Kitchen series will have...
12/03/2023

Saturday, December 9th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the Kitchen series will have its second episode. We will make Parsnip Cakes. See the website for more details.

This series illuminates what kinds of food different people ate in colonial Virginia. Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia. Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about history and cooking! This program is designed for families with kids 10-18 but is open to participants of all ages.
Info:https://ow.ly/ilkM50Q48Z9

12/02/2023

We just thought we would like to share a clip of the wonderful Washington's Camerata playing music in our historic mansion today for our Christmastide event ...Enjoy, and we hope to see you here soon!


🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is today from 10am -5 pm! 🎄And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅   Join ...
12/02/2023

🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is today from 10am -5 pm! 🎄
And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅 Join us for this special visit to Christmases of the 1780s and 1920s with games, music, crafts, decorations, candlelight and more. will be providing the music.
Tickets:
https://ow.ly/pESM50Qb306

Adults $10
Kids $8
Member: 50% off

🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is this Satruday! 🎄And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅   Gunston Hall ...
12/01/2023

🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is this Satruday! 🎄
And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅 Gunston Hall will have its in-person Christmastide event on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 am - 5 pm. Join us for this special visit to Christmases of the 1780s and 1920s with games, music, crafts, decorations, candlelight and more. Explore what Christmas meant for all people – indentured, wealthy, enslaved and poor–at 18th-century Gunston Hall.
Tickets:
https://ow.ly/pESM50Qb306

Adults $10
Kids $8
Member: 50% off

Our Museum Shop Assistant,  Goose 🐾, is enjoying some late fall afternoon sun in Gunston Hall's historic garden with its...
11/30/2023

Our Museum Shop Assistant, Goose 🐾, is enjoying some late fall afternoon sun in Gunston Hall's historic garden with its views of the Potomac River.

When the Revolutionary War started, George Mason was 50 years old with several health issues. He supported the soldiers ...
11/30/2023

When the Revolutionary War started, George Mason was 50 years old with several health issues. He supported the soldiers and the war effort in many different ways.

In November [26 - 29] 1777, he authored "An Act for Speedily Clothing Continental Troops encamped at Valley Forge"

'WHEREAS the probability of a winter campaign hath rendered it indispensably necessary to furnish an immediate supply of clothing for the troops raised in this commonwealth and now in continental service, and the usual methods of supply may prove tedious and inadequate to the present emergency."

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Gunston Hall is a special place. Our education programs nurture lifelong learning and civic engagement  through an explo...
11/28/2023

Gunston Hall is a special place. Our education programs nurture lifelong learning and civic engagement through an exploration and understanding of the principles expressed by Founding Father George Mason's 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.

This Giving Tuesday, your support will help us uncover more of the stories associated with this special place and expand our ability to tell these stories through diverse education programs for school children, families and tourists.

Join us today and help us reach our goal of $5,000.
It has never been more critical for our mission to succeed!

Please click on the link to give: https://gunstonhall.org/support/give/make-a-donation/

Thank you for your support,
Carrie Ann Alford, Development Manager






 , Nov. 27, 1779 George Mason wrote, "A Bill to Prevent the Misapplication of the Money Collected for Taxes.""WHEREAS gr...
11/28/2023

, Nov. 27, 1779 George Mason wrote, "A Bill to Prevent the Misapplication of the Money Collected for Taxes."

"WHEREAS great inconveniencies have arisen to the publick from the misapplication of the taxes collected by the sheriffs in several counties of this state,...defeating the purposes of taxation, and hazarding the ruin of publick credit..."

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☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall! ☀️It is a gorgeous day to visit Gunston Hall, our exhibit Revolutionary Rights, walk o...
11/27/2023

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall! ☀️
It is a gorgeous day to visit Gunston Hall, our exhibit Revolutionary Rights, walk our 550 + acres with three trails, and peek at our ongoing archaeological work.
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George Mason was a religious man who was very active in Church affairs.   November 26, 1779 he wrote "A Bill to Vest Tit...
11/27/2023

George Mason was a religious man who was very active in Church affairs. November 26, 1779 he wrote "A Bill to Vest Title to Established Church Property in the Membership"

'Be it therefore enacted that such Depositums and Debts shall be applied to the maintenance of the Poor of such Parish, where it hath not already been done,... But where any Parish has no Glebe, such Depositums and Debts, or the proportion thereof belonging to such Parish, shall be applied towards purchasing a Glebe,..."

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☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall - It is Museum Store Sunday! ☀️We are looking forward to seeing you in-store or online ...
11/26/2023

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall - It is Museum Store Sunday! ☀️
We are looking forward to seeing you in-store or online today. Remember, if you are shopping online, use the code: freeship
for complimentary shipping!

🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is only one week away! 🎄And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅   Gunston ...
11/26/2023

🌲Christmastide at Gunston Hall is only one week away! 🎄
And, guess who is making an appearance? Santa Claus! 🎅 Gunston Hall will have its in-person Christmastide event on Saturday, December 2nd, from 10 am - 5 pm. Join us for this special visit to Christmases of the 1780s and 1920s with games, music, crafts, decorations, candlelight and more. Explore what Christmas meant for all people – indentured, wealthy, enslaved and poor–at 18th-century Gunston Hall.
Tickets:
https://ow.ly/pESM50Qb306

Adults $10
Kids $8
Member: 50% off

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall - Today is a perfect day to visit our historic property, hike our trails  & Shop Small ...
11/25/2023

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall - Today is a perfect day to visit our historic property, hike our trails & Shop Small Saturday in our Museum Shop! ☀️
We look forward to you visiting our historic site (9:30 am -5: 00 pm) & seeing you in-store or online today. Remember, if you are shopping online, use the code: freeship
for complimentary shipping!
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Shop Small Business Saturday, November 25th,&  Museum Store Sunday, November 26th, at the Gunston Hall Museum Shop!Pick ...
11/25/2023

Shop Small Business Saturday, November 25th,& Museum Store Sunday, November 26th, at the Gunston Hall Museum Shop!

Pick a discount from a stocking to receive up to 20% off your entire purchase all weekend long. Shop Small & Museum Store Sunday swag will also be free with every purchase! We are open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for in-person shopping.

If you can't make it in person, use the code: freeship
on our online store at https://ow.ly/lYA250Q8LGv from November 24 - 30 to receive complimentary shipping.

The entire staff of Gunston Hall sends their best wishes to all for a...
11/23/2023

The entire staff of Gunston Hall sends their best wishes to all for a...

George Mason's Objections to the Constitution November 22, 1787From Consource: " In September 1787, during the final day...
11/23/2023

George Mason's Objections to the Constitution November 22, 1787
From Consource:

" In September 1787, during the final days of the Constitutional Convention, George Mason wrote the reasons for his refusal to sign the Constitution on the back of a Committee of Style report. Manuscript copies of this document were circulated, and Mason sent copies to various individuals, including George Washington. November 22, 1787, the objections were printed in the Virginia Journal at the behest of Washington's secretary Tobias Lear in order that he could publicly refute them. The original manuscript is in the Chapin Library at Williams College."

Objection 1 of 11: "There is no Declaration of Rights, and the laws of the general government being paramount to the laws and constitution of the several States, the Declarations of Rights in the separate States are no security. Nor are the people secured even in the enjoyment of the benefit of the common law."

For the rest of the objections:
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Have  a house full of relatives coming for the Thanksgiving holiday? Looking for family-friendly activities?The Points G...
11/22/2023

Have a house full of relatives coming for the Thanksgiving holiday? Looking for family-friendly activities?
The Points Guy, 5/23), mentioned Gunston Hall as one of "8 best things to do in DC for families with kids of different ages." http://ow.ly/rnFG50OwWtG
Visit George Mason's Gunston Hall, the Home of American Rights, with your family. View our Revolutionary Rights exhibit and learn about George's critical role in forming this country, the Declaration of Independence & the US Bill of Rights. Tour his home, peek into our winter garden and hike our 3 trails. Lots to do!
We are closed on Thanksgiving Day but are open on Friday, November 24th.
Visit our website and purchase your tickets:
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Shop Small Business Saturday, November 25th or Museum Store Sunday, November 26th at the Gunston Hall Museum Shop!Pick a...
11/20/2023

Shop Small Business Saturday, November 25th or Museum Store Sunday, November 26th at the Gunston Hall Museum Shop!

Pick a discount from a stocking to receive up to 20% off your entire purchase all weekend long. Shop Small & Museum Store Sunday swag will also be free with every purchase! We are open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm for in-person shopping.

If you can't make it in person, use the code: freeship
on our online store at https://ow.ly/lYA250Q8LGv from November 24 - 30 to receive complimentary shipping.

Two Weeks from today, on Saturday,  December 2nd, Gunston Hall will have its Christmastide celebration from 10 am - 5 pm...
11/18/2023

Two Weeks from today, on Saturday, December 2nd, Gunston Hall will have its Christmastide celebration from 10 am - 5 pm. Peek into holiday celebrations at Gunston Hall in the 1780s and 1920s. Games, music, crafts, decorations, candlelight and more.
Tickets:
Adults $10
Kids $8
Member tickets are %50 off
Tickets: https://ow.ly/6sqM50Q5EB3

Today is National Take a Hike Day ! 🌲🚶‍♂️🌲Visit today & any other day historic Gunston Hall's 550+ acres & hike our 3 tr...
11/17/2023

Today is National Take a Hike Day ! 🌲🚶‍♂️🌲
Visit today & any other day historic Gunston Hall's 550+ acres & hike our 3 trails. Two of our trails have views of the Potomac, & the third is our well-known Bluebird Trail.
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Grounds Passes $5

☀️ Good Morning from George Mason's Gunston Hall! ☀️It is a perfect day to visit our historic mansion and garden, walk o...
11/16/2023

☀️ Good Morning from George Mason's Gunston Hall! ☀️
It is a perfect day to visit our historic mansion and garden, walk our 3 trails, gaze at the Potomac River and wander through our exhibit, Revolutionary Rights.
We cannot wait to see you!

11/11/2023
This  Sat. November 11th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the Kitchen series begins....
11/10/2023

This Sat. November 11th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the Kitchen series begins. Have you signed up and done your shopping yet for this Saturday?

This series illuminates what kinds of food different people ate in colonial Virginia. Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia. Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about history and cooking! This program is designed for families with kids 10-18 but is open to participants of all ages.
Info:https://ow.ly/ilkM50Q48Z9

November 9, 1779 George Mason wrote a Bill confirming land Sales & Leases by the Alexandria Town Trustees..."That the pr...
11/10/2023

November 9, 1779 George Mason wrote a Bill confirming land Sales & Leases by the Alexandria Town Trustees...

"That the proprietors of the lots so laid off and conveyed by the said John Alexander shall, and they are hereby allowed the term of two years, from and after the end of the present war, to build upon and save the same; any thing in their deed or deeds of conveyance to the contrary thereof notwithstanding; and that the said lots shall be, and the same are hereby annexed to, and made part of the said town of Alexandria. So soon as the proprietors of such lots shall have built upon and saved the same, they shall then be entitled to, and have and enjoy the same rights, privileges, and immunities which the other inhabitants of the said town hold and enjoy."

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Mark your calendars! 🗓️ On  Sat. November 11th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the ...
11/09/2023

Mark your calendars! 🗓️ On Sat. November 11th, 10:30 am - 11:45 am, our complimentary online multi-part History in the Kitchen series begins!

This series illuminates what kinds of food different people ate in colonial Virginia. Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia. Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy learning about history and cooking! This program is designed for families with kids 10-18 but is open to participants of all ages.
Info:https://ow.ly/ilkM50Q48Z9

We loved having you!
11/06/2023

We loved having you!

Looking for something to do on this beautiful fall day with the family? Visit George Mason's Gunston Hall, our exhibit R...
11/05/2023

Looking for something to do on this beautiful fall day with the family?
Visit George Mason's Gunston Hall, our exhibit Revolutionary Rights, a historic mansion and 1-acre garden, 550 + acres and 3 trails.
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We are having gorgeous fall weather for our  Revolutionary War Day! The activities end at 5:00 pm so hurry out to Gunsto...
11/04/2023

We are having gorgeous fall weather for our Revolutionary War Day! The activities end at 5:00 pm so hurry out to Gunston Hall!

Revolutionary War Day at Gunston Hall is tomorrow, 9:30 am - 5 pm! Remember the American Revolution on this relaxed fami...
11/04/2023

Revolutionary War Day at Gunston Hall is tomorrow, 9:30 am - 5 pm!
Remember the American Revolution on this relaxed family day.
Meet historical characters and taste period foods.
For more info and to buy tickets: https://ow.ly/kzIT50Q49yf

🎄The elves are hard at work in our Museum Shop for our Holiday Open House tomorrow, 11 am - 5:30 pm. We look forward to ...
11/03/2023

🎄The elves are hard at work in our Museum Shop for our Holiday Open House tomorrow, 11 am - 5:30 pm. We look forward to seeing you! 🎁
Info: https://ow.ly/nGX450Q3Kqw

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Revolutionary War Day this Saturday!
11/02/2023

Looking forward to seeing everyone at Revolutionary War Day this Saturday!

Here's what's on this weekend in Fairfax County!

🗓️Mark your calendars 🗓️for this Saturday, November 4th, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm for Revolutionary War Day! The Revolutionary ...
11/02/2023

🗓️Mark your calendars 🗓️for this Saturday, November 4th, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm for Revolutionary War Day!

The Revolutionary War touched everyone in the American colonies, not just the soldiers. Explore life at home, and join Colonel Mason and his fellow Virginians as they support the war effort. This family-oriented program has activities for all ages that may be explored in whatever order desired.
11 a.m. Militia Muster and Supply
1 p.m. Militia Muster and Supply
3 p.m. Militia Muster and Supply
Mansion Tours
Please get a timed mansion tour ticket from the front desk for your desired tour time.

Tickets & Info:
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☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall! ☀️It is a great day to visit historic Gunston Hall and garden, exhibit Revolutionary R...
10/31/2023

☀️Good Morning from Gunston Hall! ☀️
It is a great day to visit historic Gunston Hall and garden, exhibit Revolutionary Rights, 550+ acres and 3 trails...

10/30/2023

Gunston Hall is thrilled to be able to donate to the LCAC Food Pantry the produce from our recently restored historic garden.

George Mason to the  publisher  of   's then Virginia Journal  on October 29, 1784"For the Information of the Public, an...
10/30/2023

George Mason to the publisher of 's then Virginia Journal on October 29, 1784
"For the Information of the Public, and to shew the Inspectors and Exporters of To***co, that the first have demanded, and the last paid, Six Shillings per Hogshead more than was legally due, on all To***co inspected before First, I beg the Faf you to publish in the Alexandria Paper a Copy of the following Letter, the Original may be seen by any Person who will take the Trouble of applying to, Yours, &c.

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On this day in 1704 John Locke, English Philosopher, died. George Mason owned several of Locke's books, including this 1...
10/28/2023

On this day in 1704 John Locke, English Philosopher, died. George Mason owned several of Locke's books, including this 1741 edition of An Essay on Human Understanding. (Note his signature at top of page. ) Locke greatly influenced George Mason, particularly with the idea that "the highest perfection of intellectual nature lies in a careful and constant pursuit of true and solid happiness." (p.216 - a red rosette has been added to the photo to indicate start of passage) This inspired George Mason to include "pursiting and obtaining Happiness" in the Virginia Declaration of Rights, introducing the "pursuit of happiness" to American political conversation."
Link to National Archives Virginia Declaration of Rights - see section 1
https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/virginia-declaration-of-rights

Address

10709 Gunston Road
Lorton, VA
22079

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 5pm
Thursday 9:30am - 5pm
Friday 9:30am - 5pm
Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 9:30am - 5pm

Telephone

(703) 550-9220

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