As we get closer to Menokin’s first William Buckland Architectural Tour, our series on the techniques and signatures directly linked to this seminal colonial architect continues.
William Buckland lavishly decorated surfaces of elements with carved florals and other unique carvings across the fireplace mantels and door and window surrounds. Reviewing the various places he worked, you again see some of his signature patterns. Notice the concentric circle patterns, the elaborate floral carvings, and details in the cornice. The cornice at Gunston Hall displays rosettes, brackets, egg and dart motifs, as well as an Oriental/Greek-influenced carving.
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Thank you Mason Neck Citizens Association for the opportunity to update your very active community and a full house at Gunston Hall on the Lorton Community Center & Library, our new Police Station & Animal Shelter, Alpine X, and the new Gunston Fire Station to name a few. Thank you to my colleagues Scott A. Surovell Delegate Kathy Tran Congressman Don Beyer Karen 4 Schools for your informative updates.
William Buckland began his career as an indentured servant, contracted by George Mason as a master craftsman. He clearly uses this time at Gunston Hall to showcase his knowledge and skills. At Gunston Hall and Hammond-Harwood House, note the broken pediments and the elaborate floral carvings, and details. The broken or open pediment begins to appear in the Chesapeake region as early as the mid-17th century and is representative of the artisan mannerist style. Also notice the repeated wainscoting with framing for paintings and to accentuate fireplace mantels.
Come join Menokin on our upcoming William Buckland Architectural Tour this Fall, as we travel through Virginia and Maryland visiting seminal sites where Buckland’s work exists today. Expert guides, transportation, lodging, and more all included!
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In the next installment of our ongoing series by Alice French focusing on the architect William Buckland, we look at fanlights.
Fanlights came into fashion in the late 18th to early 19th centuries. William Buckland was clearly a “fan” as he uses this feature repeatedly. In these photographs, compare the fanlights in the porticoes of Menokin, Gunston Hall, and Hammond-Harwood House.
Traveling along with us on our upcoming William Buckland Architectural Tour is Colonial Williamsburg joiner and wood craftsman Peter Hudson, who is replicating the Menokin portico with fanlight as a study of 18th century arch designs. The tour is a rare opportunity to hear insights from current experts in the field as you explore the work of such an important figure in colonial architecture.
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As William Buckland progressed developing his style as a designer and architect, certain forms became characteristic of his work. As you travel through the various places he worked, you can see some of his signature designs. In these photographs, we see Buckland’s innovations in the scrollwork of the stairs. For one, at Hammond-Harwood House, the staircase had been planned for more detailed work, but this work was never completed.
Menokin is thrilled to be presenting the William Buckland Architectural Tour at Gunston Hall, Menokin, and the Hammond-Harwood House November 4-6, 2022. It includes three days and two nights of exploration hosted by expert guides with full transportation via coach bus, hotel accommodations, exclusive guided tours of the buildings, and walking tours of Old Town Alexandria and Annapolis, Maryland. It will be a fun and educational road trip for sure!
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Took a wonderful guided tour of "The Mother Church" of Northern Virginia Pohick Church - the original Episcopal parish north of the Occoquan. This was the church of George Washington, George Mason and George Fairfax. Looted during the Civil War and restored around 1900. A must-see for anyone interested in Virginia and local Northern Virginia history!
Supervisor Dan Storck Paul Krizek for Virginia Mark Sickles Mason Neck Citizens Association South County Federation Mount Vernon-Lee Chamber of Commerce George Washington's Mount Vernon Gunston Hall
Spots are filling up for the William Buckland Architectural Tour November 4-6, 2022- don't sleep on it! Part of the tour includes exploring Old Town Alexandria, Virginia and the old section of Annapolis, Maryland on your own or with guides (pictured below).
Here's what to expect:
-Exclusive guided tours of Menokin, Gunston Hall, and Hammond-Harwood House.
-Ample time to explore Warsaw, Alexandria, and Annapolis.
-Stress-free transportation provided by Newton's Bus Service.
-Comfortable lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn, Old Town Alexandria.
-Expert guides and some surprise guests.
-A fun trip you don't want to miss!
Reserve your spot today: https://bit.ly/3zS79t9
Virginia Tourism Corporation
We took some pictures at an all-day/night wedding at Gunston Hall in Virginia. The original George Mason's house.
7th Tree Images
You may have seen that we announced our William Buckland Architectural Tour last week. So who is William Buckland anyway? We do know he is a British architect that came over to America as an indentured servant. Then the stories spread from there, many shrouded in mystery.
Visit our website to learn more about this iconic figure in colonial architecture, and his work at Gunston Hall, Mount Airy, Hammond-Harwood House, and many more: https://bit.ly/3A1M2Vr
And make sure to check out the Buckland 2022 tour, as spots are getting reserved as we write this post!
We're pleased to announce the Inaugural William Buckland Architectural Tour!
Learn about the life and design works of 18th century Master Architect William Buckland with exclusive visits to Menokin, Gunston Hall and Hammond-Harwood House over 3 days and 2 nights of exploration and good times.
Dates: Friday, November 4th - Sunday, November 6th, 2022
The tour: Menokin (Warsaw, VA), Gunston Hall (Lofton, VA), and Hammond-Harwood House (Annapolis, MD); plus exploring Old Town Alexandria and walking tour of Annapolis
Details: $750 per person or $1,250 per pair includes the tours; a privately chartered coach bus starting and ending at Menokin; pre-booked rooms at Alexandria Hilton Gardens Hotel (2 nights); and a catered lunch at Gunston Hall.
The deadline for reservations is noon on October 6th, 2022. Learn more about this exciting tour and register on our website: https://bit.ly/3zS79t9
What do George Washington's Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, and Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House have in common? They all are offering 20% off admission through the Potomac Banks Savings Pass! See what other discounts are included and get the ball rolling on your next adventure. 👇 Virginia is for Lovers
Thank you, Col. Mason for talking with our Cub Scouts at lunch today and for letting us use your property for our camp. At Gunston Hall
Always a popular activity on a hot day at Gunston Hall! Thanks, Firehouse 420 of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department!
Tomorrow, June 12, marks Declaration Day, commemorating the anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. In writing this document, George Mason took some of the first steps in American history to make this country and the world a better place. Learn more about this resident and Founding Father with a visit to Gunston Hall today for their free Declaration Day event. Virginia is for Lovers
Join master storytellers Sheila Arnold and Sarah Osburn Brady tomorrow at 1 pm as they kick off Gunston’s Hall commemoration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Sheila and Sarah will bring to life experiences of people who found their voices during the struggles of the civil rights movement. Details of this free family program are here: https://gunstonhall.org/events/save-the-date-declaration-day/
Plan a trip to Potomac Banks, an area of Fairfax County steeped in history, culture, museums, and other attractions that tell the tale of the history of America.
Save on visits to George Washington's Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, and Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House with the Potomac Banks Savings Pass.
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