Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Walk in the footsteps of history at the 18th-century home of George Mason, Founding Father and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.
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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Are you a genealogist? You’ll love tonight’s program.Follow the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the ste...
05/15/2019

Are you a genealogist? You’ll love tonight’s program.

Follow the quest of one woman, Regina Mason, in tracing the steps of her once-enslaved ancestor, William Grimes. He traveled along the Underground Railroad to freedom and authored the first fugitive slave narrative in U.S. history. (A GREAT read!)

Come and meet Regina Mason and watch her 1.5 hour documentary film, Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes, at Gunston Hall's Visitor Center. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

05/14/2019
Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes - Official Trailer

Don't forget tomorrow's remarkable opportunity to meet Regina Mason and watch her personal journey on our big screen!

The viewing party starts with an introduction by Regina Mason at 6:30 p.m. and ends with a reception and book signing.

$7 for adults | $5 for students | Members: Free!

An inspiring story based on Regina Mason’s extraordinary odyssey to reclaim the pioneering narrative of her ancestor, Life of William Grimes, the Runaway Sla...

Can advocating for the rights-of-nature help protect human rights? Some say yes. Where do you fall?
05/13/2019
Giving Plants Legal Rights Could Help Save the Planet

Can advocating for the rights-of-nature help protect human rights?

Some say yes. Where do you fall?

Protecting ecosystems with inalienable rights, like humans, would allow them to "exist, flourish, regenerate, and evolve."

#TBT to the three visits by 1,000+ school children for our Spring Colonial Day program. Thank you for sharing your energ...
05/09/2019

#TBT to the three visits by 1,000+ school children for our Spring Colonial Day program. Thank you for sharing your energy and curiosity about the past with our volunteers and staff!

NEXT Wednesday, May 15, Gunston Hall will hold a screening of the documentary film Gina’s Journey: The Search for Will...
05/08/2019
Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes

NEXT Wednesday, May 15, Gunston Hall will hold a screening of the documentary film Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes. This documentary explores the struggles of Regina Mason in her hunt for information about her ancestry. Her forefather, William Grimes, escaped slavery in Prince William County in the early 19th century. Come hear their story. Meet Regina Mason, buy her book, and have her sign it at the reception.

Interested? Watch the trailer and register: https://www.ginasjourney.com/

Members of Gunston Hall: Free! Please register.
$7 for adults | $5 for students | Members: Free!

The official site for the feature documentary film, "Gina's Journey: The Search for William Grimes"

We’re thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the fabrication of our new visitor center exhibition! In it, we’re highli...
05/06/2019

We’re thrilled to give you a sneak peek at the fabrication of our new visitor center exhibition!

In it, we’re highlighting George Mason’s ideas, choices, and actions. We can’t wait to welcome you back this June to see it installed.

Don’t let that keep you away. We’ll continue our “construction discount” until then. The visitor center, museum shop, Mansion and grounds remain open!

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during ...
05/01/2019

Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia's most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during "America's Largest Open House,” also known as Virginia Garden Week.

Through May 4 come and see Gunston Hall's riverside garden for your very own "before" picture. Later this year we'll begin to replace it with an accurate colonial-era retreat!

(Image: Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, B1981.25.2694.)

Tonight's event, Cocktails by Candlelight, welcomes you to Gunston Hall, rain OR shine! Bring your umbrella and wellies....
04/26/2019

Tonight's event, Cocktails by Candlelight, welcomes you to Gunston Hall, rain OR shine!

Bring your umbrella and wellies. All tastings will take place in our warm and dry outbuildings.

Have you ever had hot chocolate made from an 18th-century recipe? The final touch is a brisk stir with a molinere, or sp...
04/26/2019

Have you ever had hot chocolate made from an 18th-century recipe? The final touch is a brisk stir with a molinere, or special wooden tool, to give it a frothy head. Imbibe this decadent drink at
Cocktails by Candlelight from 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT.

#CountdownToCocktails #CocktailsByCandlelight #HistoricCocktails #FoodAndDrink
#GoodWineAndGoodCheer #GunstonHall #FunstonHall #FunHistory

04/25/2019

Are you still hungry? Check out one of the dishes we’re making for dinner at tomorrow’s Cocktails by Candlelight Program!

We have friends from Gunston Middle School with us today for Colonial Day, and we agree with their t-shirts.  It's okay ...
04/25/2019

We have friends from Gunston Middle School with us today for Colonial Day, and we agree with their t-shirts. It's okay to be you at Gunston!

04/25/2019

We’re ready to flip out at Cocktails by Candlelight! Join us THIS friday, 6-9 p.m. to see the glorious finish of this drink when we add a hot poker to a mixture of beer, rum, and molasses.

#CountdownToCocktails #CocktailsByCandlelight #HistoricCocktails #FoodAndDrink #GoodWineAndGoodCheer #GunstonHall #FunstonHall #FunHistory

04/23/2019

Like modern cinnamon water, this beverage is infused with a spice: Coriander. Sample this oddly refreshing drink at Cocktails by Candlelight on Friday, 6-9 p.m.

#CountdownToCocktails #CocktailsByCandlelight #HistoricCocktails #FoodAndDrink #GoodWineAndGoodCheer #GunstonHall #FunstonHall #FunHistory

04/22/2019

Can you see the glimmer of writing at the bottom of the punch bowl? Help us fathom the bowl, as they said in the 18th century, to find out.

Sample this tasty cocktail and more at Cocktails by Candlelight on Friday, 6-9 p.m.

#CountdownToCocktails #DrinkTheBowlDry #AToastSir #AToast #CocktailsByCandlelight #HistoricCocktails #FoodAndDrink #GoodWineAndGoodCheer #GunstonHall #FunstonHall #FunHistory

Are you ready for Cocktails by Candelight?  We are!  Tune in this week for our #CountdownToCocktails First up, a delecta...
04/22/2019

Are you ready for Cocktails by Candelight? We are! Tune in this week for our #CountdownToCocktails

First up, a delectable cider from Albemarle Ciderworks will be featured in this season’s program. Join us to find out what it is, Friday, 6-9 p.m.

#CocktailsByCandlelight #HistoricCocktails #FoodAndDrink #GoodWineAndGoodCheer #GunstonHall #FunstonHall #FunHistory

04/20/2019

We're getting ready to serve up some delicious drinks at Cocktails by Candlelight this Friday. Stay tuned for #CountdownToCocktails this coming week.

Look deep into this plate... does it speak to you? Do you see its message?You like colonial cocktails. (It says.)You lik...
04/18/2019

Look deep into this plate... does it speak to you? Do you see its message?

You like colonial cocktails. (It says.)
You like colonial food. (It says.)
You like colonial games. (It says.)
You like colonial music. (It says.)
You like colonial atmosphere and tours of the mansion. (It says.)

Maybe you should come to Cocktails by Candlelight? (It says.) Register today!

(Note: The plate is not included with registration, but you can visit it in the new Visitor Center exhibition when it opens on June 15.)

04/17/2019

There’s nothing like a bright morning and an open road. Will your path lead to Gunston Hall today?

We hope so.

It’s a beautiful day at Gunston Hall! Come fly a kite!
04/13/2019

It’s a beautiful day at Gunston Hall! Come fly a kite!

It may look grey right now, but by noon, it’s going to be gloriously sunny for KITE FEST today!As Benjamin Franklin mi...
04/13/2019

It may look grey right now, but by noon, it’s going to be gloriously sunny for KITE FEST today!

As Benjamin Franklin might have said in his weather almanac: “The temperatures are due to rise to the middle seventies this afternoon. Expect abundant sun, a middling and easterly breeze. Perfection for flying ones own kite!”

See you later? We hope so!

We’re proud to keep this tradition (no, this skill) alive! Most of our student tours include opportunities to read Geo...
04/12/2019
Handwriting: an elegy

We’re proud to keep this tradition (no, this skill) alive!

Most of our student tours include opportunities to read George Mason’s round hand and try their own... with a hand cut quill and ink.

As more and more of our words are tapped out on keyboards, writing by hand has become an endangered species

Still thinking about this weekend? Us, too. Things you’ll need to bring:Car ✅Picnic blanket ✅Kids ✅Kite ❓No ki...
04/11/2019

Still thinking about this weekend? Us, too.

Things you’ll need to bring:
Car ✅
Picnic blanket ✅
Kids ✅
Kite ❓

No kite? No problem! We have them for sale in our museum shop and you can make and decorate your own onsite.

Reminder: You already have a date THIS weekend. Our annual Kite Festival is this Saturday! Come picnic with your family ...
04/10/2019

Reminder: You already have a date THIS weekend.

Our annual Kite Festival is this Saturday! Come picnic with your family and, most importantly, come fly a kite!

($10 adults/ $8 kids/ 50% off for members.)

#OTD, in 2002, Gunston Hall and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America dedicated the George Mason Memoria...
04/10/2019

#OTD, in 2002, Gunston Hall and The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America dedicated the George Mason Memorial on the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C.!

For 17 years it’s been much loved and it shows. The NSCDA and the Trust for the National Mall are teaming up to proudly restore the memorial.

We’re especially thrilled to leave our mark on the perennial plantings, which are based on Gunston Hall’s eighteenth century gardens.

LET’S! GO! FLY! A! KITE! (Finish the stanza with me!) THIS Saturday the weather will be PERFECT: 70 and sunny, with a ...
04/09/2019

LET’S! GO! FLY! A! KITE! (Finish the stanza with me!)

THIS Saturday the weather will be PERFECT: 70 and sunny, with a slight breeze.

Join our Annual Kite Festival, a Gunston Hall tradition for over 40 years!

Interested in seeing some of Gunston Hall’s 3D printed objects? Find our Archaeologist, Dave, at his dig Tuesday throu...
04/08/2019
3D printing is quietly transforming an unexpected industry: museums

Interested in seeing some of Gunston Hall’s 3D printed objects? Find our Archaeologist, Dave, at his dig Tuesday through Saturday!

It may not be revolutionizing the world in the way some futurists once predicted, but 3D printing is revolutionizing some surprising corners of it.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Gunston Hall has a NEW WEBSITE! It's user-friendly, and offers improved navigation and functionality s...
04/05/2019
Homepage - George Mason's Gunston Hall

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Gunston Hall has a NEW WEBSITE!

It's user-friendly, and offers improved navigation and functionality so you can always find exactly what you are looking for.

Visit www.gunstonhall.org today!

Explore our history, listen to diverse stories, and discover the natural beauty of The Home of American Rights. Now is the perfect time to join us at George Mason’s Gunston Hall. Visit Check out our Hours, Admission, and Accessibility. page. Don’t forget to take a glance at our calendar of event...

Goood morning! The sunny face of our fan light reminds us that with Spring and longer, warmer days comes the return our ...
03/30/2019

Goood morning! The sunny face of our fan light reminds us that with Spring and longer, warmer days comes the return our outdoor public programs!

Check out our events for more details about Kite Festival, Cocktails by Candlelight, and Declaration Day.

In honor of #womenshistorymonth we want to draw attention to some of the unnamed, strong women that helped win the Ameri...
03/28/2019

In honor of #womenshistorymonth we want to draw attention to some of the unnamed, strong women that helped win the American Revolution.

Our hats are off to this cross-dressing heroine from New Jersey highlighted in our copy of the Virginia Gazette from April of 1777.

Gunston Hall’s family friendly experiences have been greatly enhanced by Tiffany McGettigan’s expert guidance over t...
03/26/2019
‘They Aren’t Just Little Adults’: Inside The Smithsonian’s Push To Make Museums Fun For Kids | WAMU

Gunston Hall’s family friendly experiences have been greatly enhanced by Tiffany McGettigan’s expert guidance over the past two years.

McGettigan is our architect of hands on learning, for school children ages 5-13.

Way to be recognized, Tiffany!

The Smithsonian's many museums are a popular draw for families, but making everything from contemporary art to fossils engaging for young kids takes thought and effort.

03/15/2019

Notice: The museum theater performance at the Archaeology Symposium has been postponed until Declaration Day, June 15.

We look forward to seeing you then!

We were very pleased to be the critical repository and source of guidance for most of these George Mason University stud...
03/13/2019
'Enslaved Children of George Mason' project explores school’s namesake | Honors College

We were very pleased to be the critical repository and source of guidance for most of these George Mason University students and their projects exploring Mason's complex legacy.

'Enslaved Children of George Mason' project explores school’s namesake February 21, 2019   /   by Mary Lee Clark See All News Latest News All RSS College Application Coaches: Making a Difference for High School and College Students Alike March 8, 2019 The Honors College Welcomes Admitted Student...

We love seeing our history through the eyes of our students from the Applied History class at West Springfield High Scho...
03/11/2019

We love seeing our history through the eyes of our students from the Applied History class at West Springfield High School.

03/09/2019

It’s been a long week, wherein we experienced THREE seasons.

You deserve this moment of winter zen. (Just in case you forgot it was March.)

We #remembertheladies this #InternationalWomansDay and everyday at Gunston Hall. This site wouldn’t be preserved and o...
03/08/2019

We #remembertheladies this #InternationalWomansDay and everyday at Gunston Hall.

This site wouldn’t be preserved and open to the public if it wasn’t for The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America, a women’s organization!

Discover what recent excavations by regional archaeologists can teach us about slavery and the lives of people who were ...
03/06/2019
Archaeology Symposium

Discover what recent excavations by regional archaeologists can teach us about slavery and the lives of people who were enslaved.

Sign up for our 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. symposium on March 16th, TODAY!

We’re proud to be one of the many lenders to a fabulous and new exhibit at Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarter...
03/05/2019

We’re proud to be one of the many lenders to a fabulous and new exhibit at Dumbarton House, NSCDA Museum & Headquarters!

“STEM in the Historic House" highlights the importance of science, technology, engineering, and math in the preservation of history’s treasures. One of which is a fingerprinted brick (and it’s 3D print) from Gunston Hall.

Remember those empty walls of our renovated Visitor Center? We’re filling them with big ideas for families!You read th...
03/04/2019
How museums are learning from kids

Remember those empty walls of our renovated Visitor Center? We’re filling them with big ideas for families!

You read that right. We’ve designed more than four activity stations for you AND the kids in your life to enjoy.

We take our cues from our visitors and used years of audience research like that which is described in this article.

The idea of making museums interactive for children has been around for decades. Now experts in the field say the idea of a more hands-on experience for museumgoers is spreading to institutions not just aimed at pint-size patrons.

When you visit any old brick building, always look for fingerprints left on their surface.At places like Gunston Hall an...
02/28/2019
Historians find fingerprints of long-forgotten SC slaves in 200-year-old bricks

When you visit any old brick building, always look for fingerprints left on their surface.

At places like Gunston Hall and in southern port cities like Charleston, bricks were largely manufactured by enslaved workers. Each impression is a fossilized moment, and individual, in time.

Learn more about Gunston Hall’s enslaved population at our archaeology symposium on Saturday, March 16, hosted with Friends of Fairfax Archaeology and the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Fingerprints of slaves have been found in bricks at South Carolina historic sites, including Rose Hill Plantation, parks officials said on Facebook. Slaves were forced to make bricks in the 1800s.

If you’ve visited Gunston Hall since 1974 you’ll be floored by our renovated exhibition space!Our bright walls, the ...
02/26/2019

If you’ve visited Gunston Hall since 1974 you’ll be floored by our renovated exhibition space!

Our bright walls, the rows of lights, and blank spaces are ready for our NEW permanent exhibition set to open early this summer.

Don’t forget your coffee this morning!
02/25/2019

Don’t forget your coffee this morning!

02/22/2019
Ohio Grassroots Group Wants A Great Lake To Have Its Own Bill Of Rights | WAMU

We find "Bills of Rights" all over the United States. (And the world, but that's another post.)

This week voters in Toledo, Ohio, will decide if a Great Lake can have its own Bill of Rights. Like similar documents, it aims to protect the interests 250,000 citizens who draw their drinking water from Lake Erie.

Voters in Toledo, Ohio, will decide if Lake Erie has legal rights. It's an attempt to amend the city's charter after efforts failed to address toxic algal blooms that affect water supplies.

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