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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12/20/2019

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Happy Birthday, George Mason! 🎉
12/12/2019

Happy Birthday, George Mason! 🎉

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12/09/2019

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#OnThisDay, George Mason ends a letter to his son, John, with seasonal concern for their crops: “The Weather is, at pres...
12/09/2019

#OnThisDay, George Mason ends a letter to his son, John, with seasonal concern for their crops: “The Weather is, at present, a little alarming; but it is too early for the Frost to continue; & I think the Weather will soon be mild again.”

Read the rest of the #MasonMonday letter on ConSource: https://www.consource.org/document/george-mason-to-john-mason-1791-12-9/

12/05/2019

On this #ThankfulThursday we would like to thank everyone who supported us on #GivingTuesday. We are so grateful for your continued support of our mission to stimulate the exploration and understanding of principles expressed by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmastide at Gunston Hall! 🎄 Join us this Saturday between 10 AM - 7 PM for our a...
12/05/2019

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmastide at Gunston Hall! 🎄 Join us this Saturday between 10 AM - 7 PM for our annual holiday tradition featuring activities for the whole family 🎅
Learn more: https://gunstonhall.org/event/christmastide-at-gunston-hall/

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12/04/2019

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12/03/2019
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There is still time! Support Gunston Hall by donating to the historic riverside garden project. #GunstonGarden #GivingTuesday2019

Be part of history! Help us complete the restoration of the historic riverside garden. #GivingTuesday2019

12/03/2019

Be part of history! Help us complete the restoration of the historic riverside garden. #GivingTuesday2019

Good morning and happy #GivingTuesday! Today, we are asking for support to help us complete the restoration of our histo...
12/03/2019
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Good morning and happy #GivingTuesday! Today, we are asking for support to help us complete the restoration of our historic riverside garden. The one-acre site overlooking the Potomac River will be will be restored to its 18th-century appearance. Features of the garden will include:

✔️A window revealing part of the original 18th-century pathway in the center of the garden.
✔️New pathways throughout that follow the original layout of the garden.
✔️A large, 18th-century-style fence that links the mansion to the garden – just as it did during Mason’s life.
✔️Heirloom plants that were familiar to George Mason.

If you would like to support the #GunstonGarden during #GivingTuesday visit us online at: https://gunstonhall.org/support/give/make-a-donation/donate/

Our email newsletters deliver information about educational experiences, volunteer & support opportunities, facility rentals and more directly to your inbox!

It is almost here, #GivingTuesday is tomorrow! Please consider donating and help us complete the restoration of our hist...
12/02/2019

It is almost here, #GivingTuesday is tomorrow! Please consider donating and help us complete the restoration of our historic riverside garden.

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12/02/2019

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Didn't get a chance to shop on Small Business Saturday? No worries! Today is Museum Store Sunday and we are giving away ...
12/01/2019

Didn't get a chance to shop on Small Business Saturday? No worries! Today is Museum Store Sunday and we are giving away Museum Store Sunday bags and lapel pins with any purchase (hurry, quantities are limited). 🎁🎄#MuseumStoreSunday #ShopMuseumStores

Celebrate Shop Small Saturday with us today! We will be giving away free canvas totes with every purchase in the Museum ...
11/30/2019

Celebrate Shop Small Saturday with us today! We will be giving away free canvas totes with every purchase in the Museum Shop and other fun freebies. See you soon! #smallbiz #smallbusiness #smallbusinesssaturday #smallbizsat #shopsmall

From all of us at Gunston Hall, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 We are closed today, but invite you,...
11/28/2019

From all of us at Gunston Hall, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 We are closed today, but invite you, your family, and your friends to visit us this weekend. We are open 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM and have tours every hour.

11/26/2019

Have you reserved your tickets for Christmastide at Gunston Hall? 🎄🎁🎅❄️⛄️

Happy Election Day 🇺🇸 Make sure you vote today and share your voter-sticker-selfie like #MiniMason!
11/05/2019

Happy Election Day 🇺🇸 Make sure you vote today and share your voter-sticker-selfie like #MiniMason!

Happy Halloween! Check out this super creepy photo of our grounds with the fog...👻🎃 #HauntedHHMC #Halloween
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Check out this super creepy photo of our grounds with the fog...👻🎃 #HauntedHHMC #Halloween

Did you know that today is National Checklist Day? Here are just a few things you can take joy in crossing off your list...
10/30/2019

Did you know that today is National Checklist Day? Here are just a few things you can take joy in crossing off your list at Gunston Hall:

☑️ Take a nature hike to the Potomac River
☑️ Take a tour of George Mason's historic home and try to stump your tour guide with questions (good luck!)
☑️ Channel your inner supermodel with a fall photo shoot on 550+ acres of beautiful grounds (instagram is calling your name!)
☑️ Tell someone you know about the great time you had at Gunston Hall and plan your next visit

#ChecklistDay #WhoKnewChecklistDayWasAThing #HHMC #VisitFXVA

10/29/2019

There are only 5 more Tuesdays before #GivingTuesday! Be sure to mark your calendar for this international day of giving and add Gunston Hall to your list of organizations you will support this year. Learn more here: https://gunstonhall.org/?page_id=1706&preview=true

10/18/2019

Tonight is the night, Cocktails by Candlelight kicks off at 6 PM. Join us for a beautiful night! Tickets are available at the door.

10/17/2019
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#TBT To last fall's Cocktails by Candlelight when we made flip. See it in person, TOMORROW! Get your tickets today: https://gunstonhall.org/event/cocktails-by-candlelight/

We’re flipping for fall! And your favorite drink, Flip, is back.

Flip is a mixture of beer, run, and molasses, all mixed, or "flipped" with a hot poker, heated from the hearth. This warm, foamy beverage is like a hug for your belly. Try some in 3 short days!

#CountdowntoCocktails #WhatTheFlip #FlippingAwesome #18thCenturyCocktails #SeeYouThere

Bibbidi bobbidi boo! Weddings at Gunston Hall can truly be a fairy tale with horse drawn carriages by Harmon's Hayrides ...
10/16/2019

Bibbidi bobbidi boo! Weddings at Gunston Hall can truly be a fairy tale with horse drawn carriages by Harmon's Hayrides and Carriages. To learn more about our local recommended vendors, contact [email protected] #WeddingWednesday

We are excited to collaborate with the National Park Service on the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Trail. Lea...
10/16/2019

We are excited to collaborate with the National Park Service on the Washington Rochambeau Revolutionary Route Trail. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/NPSroute

Gunston Hall, like all of North America, was once inhabited by Native Americans. They included the Moyumpse (Doeg) and P...
10/14/2019
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Gunston Hall, like all of North America, was once inhabited by Native Americans. They included the Moyumpse (Doeg) and Piscataway. We find archaeological evidence of their presence *everywhere* on our grounds.

This interactive map called Native-Land, helps to visualize them.

Check it out! Use it to find out who settled your neighborhood.

#GunstonHall #FirstSettlers #ArchaeologyRocks

Welcome to Native Land. This is a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local Indigenous territories and languages.

10/12/2019

TOMORROW: Don't miss this opportunity for a unique immersive theater experience. Museum Theater: George Mason and His Legacy has showtimes throughout the day and is included with admission .

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10/11/2019

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#WeddingWednesday Congrats to newlyweds Sarah and Dylan! In addition to 554 acres of beautiful landscape for wedding pic...
10/02/2019

#WeddingWednesday Congrats to newlyweds Sarah and Dylan! In addition to 554 acres of beautiful landscape for wedding pictures, we offer the exclusive chance for couples married at Gunston Hall to take formal pictures inside the Mansion. To learn more about our wedding packages for 2020, contact Nicole Morton at [email protected] or (703)550-9220. Photo Credit: ABP Photography

09/21/2019

It’s not too late to join us for Archaeology Day! Join us! Get your hands dirty and uncover our past.

#gunstonhall #funstonhall #georgemason

We love sharing 18th century insights with you, but are you thirsty for more? There are great books, documentaries, and ...
09/18/2019
Episode 239: Joseph Adelman, Post & Travel in Early America - Ben Franklin's World

We love sharing 18th century insights with you, but are you thirsty for more? There are great books, documentaries, and podcasts to help you deep dive back in time!

One of our favorites is Benjamin Franklin's World, produced by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, right here in #virginia.

Check out this episode about how ideas traveled, literally, in #EarlyAmerica. #VirginiaIsForHistoryLovers #History #GeorgeMason #GunstonHall #EveryManAScholar #ListenAndLearn

Joseph Adelman, author of Revolutionary Networks, joins us to explore how people and mail traveled around early North America and the Atlantic World

George Mason was one of the top five speakers at the Constitutional Convention. But he was unhappy with the finished doc...
09/18/2019

George Mason was one of the top five speakers at the Constitutional Convention. But he was unhappy with the finished document and refused to sign it, explaining to his friend, Thomas Jefferson that "from Motives of sincere Patriotism, I was under the Necessity of refusing my Signature, as one of the Virginia Delegates; and drew up some general Objections [to the Constitution.]"

After the Convention, he advocated for the changes and additions he wanted to make. Namely, a Bill of Rights.

Every year on this day, the United States celebrates a great milestone: the signing of the constitution. But not signing was powerful, too. George Mason's protests after the Constitutional Convention resulted in the Bill of Rights! Thank you, George.

#ConstitutionDay #GeorgeMason #StandUp

Of 511 applications, ours was among lucky 112 projects to be awarded the Museums for America grant. The Museums for Amer...
09/13/2019
130 IMLS Grants to Museums Generate More Than $27.5 Million in Matching Funds

Of 511 applications, ours was among lucky 112 projects to be awarded the Museums for America grant.

The Museums for America initiative strengthens "the ability of an individual museum to serve its public by providing high-quality, inclusive learning experiences by serving as community anchors and essential partners in addressing community needs."

We send our heartfelt congratulations to our fellow winners!

Federal funds to be invested in lifelong learning, collections care, and workforce development projects.

We are THRILLED to share that we've been awarded a matching grant for $244,689 by the Institute for Museum and Library S...
09/12/2019
Awarded Grants Search

We are THRILLED to share that we've been awarded a matching grant for $244,689 by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS)! This exciting opportunity will help us provide new learning experiences in the mansion, Riverside garden, and kitchen yard.

Stay tuned for more details and updates...

Find information about grants that IMLS awarded to libraries and museums from 1997 to present.

Thank you so much to everyone from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) including friends and family that volunteered with us. We c...
09/10/2019

Thank you so much to everyone from USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) including friends and family that volunteered with us. We can't thank you enough for your service to our country and Gunston Hall!

Sometimes our collection surprises us! We stumbled across this bold block print while looking through the Mason Family P...
09/09/2019

Sometimes our collection surprises us! We stumbled across this bold block print while looking through the Mason Family Papers. It was once bright pink and yellow.

#GorgeousGunston #GunstonHall #AwesomeArchives #Domino #BringingBeautyBack #MasonMonday

Next time you visit you might notice some period-inappropriate fencing around the Mansion. Don’t fear, it’s temporary! I...
09/06/2019

Next time you visit you might notice some period-inappropriate fencing around the Mansion. Don’t fear, it’s temporary! It’s part of the Garden Restoration Project.

You can still access the mansion and our outbuildings.

#Whew #AllPartOfThePlan #GunstonGarden #GardenRestorationProject #SafteyFirst

Our Archaeology team has been hard at work exploring the site of George Mason’s stable. Situated to the right of the rec...
09/05/2019

Our Archaeology team has been hard at work exploring the site of George Mason’s stable.

Situated to the right of the reconstructed schoolhouse, it was once a large and imposing structure that housed his carriage and riding horses, and those of his visiting guests. One day, we’ll reconstruct this building. Until then, we explore, research, and plan!

#HayIsForHorses #Stable #BankBarn #ArchaeologyRocks #ArchaeologistsRock #WeLoveOurVolunteers #WeCantWaitForTheWeatherToBreak

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10709 Gunston Rd
Lorton, VA
22079

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 17:00
Thursday 09:30 - 17:00
Friday 09:30 - 17:00
Saturday 09:30 - 17:00
Sunday 09:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(703) 550-9220

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