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 to***co 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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The Chinese style of pottery called Yixing (yee-shing) influenced decorative tastes across Europe and America. The VAMus...
05/08/2021

The Chinese style of pottery called Yixing (yee-shing) influenced decorative tastes across Europe and America. The VAMuseum teapot on the right was made in 1627 by Chinese potter Hui Mengchen. It was fitted with silver mounts after it arrived in Europe. This type of Chinese original inspired
English potters. The teapot on the left was made in 18th-century England and is in the Gunston Hall collection.

Find out more about the fascinating 18th Century art world that saw a flourishing of commercial trade amongst Asia, Europe, and America in One House, Many Stories: Chinese Connections and come see the Gunston Hall teapot on display in the mansion! #AAPIMonth
#OneHouseManyStories #history #historicgunstonhall

The Chinese style of pottery called Yixing (yee-shing) influenced decorative tastes across Europe and America. The VAMuseum teapot on the right was made in 1627 by Chinese potter Hui Mengchen. It was fitted with silver mounts after it arrived in Europe. This type of Chinese original inspired
English potters. The teapot on the left was made in 18th-century England and is in the Gunston Hall collection.

Find out more about the fascinating 18th Century art world that saw a flourishing of commercial trade amongst Asia, Europe, and America in One House, Many Stories: Chinese Connections and come see the Gunston Hall teapot on display in the mansion! #AAPIMonth
#OneHouseManyStories #history #historicgunstonhall

05/05/2021
One House, Many Stories - Chinese Connection

Gunston Hall is excited to highlight the often overlooked influence of Asia in 18th-century America in our next FB Live session, One House, Many Stories: Chinese Connections.

Along with Dr. Stacey Sloboda, we’ll explore how Chinese art inspired a style called chinoiserie. George and Ann Mason selected this style for their dining room, leaving us with a unique American example in this design.

Join us on Wednesday, May 12, at 10:30 for a conversation exploring Gunston Hall’s intriguing connection with China.

#AAPIMonth #OneHouseManyStories #historicgunstonhall #history #chinoiserie

As people around the globe remember World Press Freedom Day, Gunston Hall thinks of George Mason's insistence on freedom...
05/04/2021
Professor Stephen Solomon Talk: "Bulwark of Liberty" Declaration Day 2020

As people around the globe remember World Press Freedom Day, Gunston Hall thinks of George Mason's insistence on freedom of the press. In the Virginia Declaration of Rights, he called press freedom "the great bulwark of Liberty" saying only a "despotic government" would limit it. To learn more, see NYU professor Stephen Solomon's talk on Mason and freedom of the press. #WorldPressFreedom #PressFreedom #historicgunstonhall

It’s an exciting day for Gunston Hall!  We’re at Abingdon plantation on a field trip and our horticulturist, Ryan, is ru...
05/01/2021

It’s an exciting day for Gunston Hall! We’re at Abingdon plantation on a field trip and our horticulturist, Ryan, is running our plant sale onsite. Later today we also have a guided hike. Learn more about those last two events on our website.

Join us this evening for Cocktails by Candlelight: Cider Edition. Get ready with Royal Pippin and Hewes Crab from Albema...
04/30/2021

Join us this evening for Cocktails by Candlelight: Cider Edition. Get ready with Royal Pippin and Hewes Crab from Albemarle CiderWorks or pull out a different hard cider or two. Whatever you're drinking, we look forward to seeing you at 7 p.m. for a laid-back 30-minute discussion about historic apple and cider varieties and the role they played in 18th-century Virginia.

Join us this evening for Cocktails by Candlelight: Cider Edition. Get ready with Royal Pippin and Hewes Crab from Albemarle CiderWorks or pull out a different hard cider or two. Whatever you're drinking, we look forward to seeing you at 7 p.m. for a laid-back 30-minute discussion about historic apple and cider varieties and the role they played in 18th-century Virginia.

Have you explored our trails at Gunston Hall?  This month, you can discover what our Bluff Trail has to offer on a guide...
04/29/2021

Have you explored our trails at Gunston Hall? This month, you can discover what our Bluff Trail has to offer on a guided hike! On four days in May, our interpretive staff are excited to share the natural beauty and history of this amazing site.

Learn more about the hikes on our website: www.gunstonhall.org/event

Give a Little, Help a Lot!Have you considered becoming a monthly donor to Gunston Hall? A monthly donation of $10 helps ...
04/25/2021
Make a Donation - George Mason's Gunston Hall

Give a Little, Help a Lot!

Have you considered becoming a monthly donor to Gunston Hall?

A monthly donation of $10 helps Gunston Hall nurture a passion for history, preserve this National Historic Landmark, and offer educational programs.

#historicgunstonhall #history #giving #education

Make a donation to Gunston Hall to help Gunston Hall fully use our physical and scholarly resources to preserve this historic site and share George Mason’s democratic ideals in relevant and important ways with as many visitors as possible. There are many ways to donate. Visit our Make a Donation p...

Throwback Thursday to when our horticulturist, Ryan, prepared our seedlings for this week's plant sale. Join us this Sat...
04/23/2021

Throwback Thursday to when our horticulturist, Ryan, prepared our seedlings for this week's plant sale. Join us this Saturday to see how they've grown, and pick up some to take home!

Throwback Thursday to when our horticulturist, Ryan, prepared our seedlings for this week's plant sale. Join us this Saturday to see how they've grown, and pick up some to take home!

04/22/2021
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Have you planted your garden yet? We're hard at work planting ours. Fill in your empty spots with heirloom and historic varieties grown by Gunston Hall's horticulturist.

Our plant sale runs from 10 am until 2 pm for the next three Saturdays.

This weekend look for a variety of tomatoes, kale, collards, cabbage, lettuce, eggplant, peppers, and peas. We will also have four flowers popular in the 18th century - love lies bleeding, English marigold, China aster, and 4 o'clock.

For details or to order in advance, click on the link below.

It's time to order your Albemarle CiderWorks package for our upcoming Cocktails by Candlelight - Cider Edition on 4/30. ...
04/22/2021
Albemarle CiderWorks - Gunston Hall

It's time to order your Albemarle CiderWorks package for our upcoming Cocktails by Candlelight - Cider Edition on 4/30.

We’ll sip two kinds of hard cider, including one made from one of George Washington’s favorite varieties, Hewe’s Crab. Plus, we'll learn more of the stories behind the drink.

You can get a special package deal shipped to you by clicking on the link in this post.

https://shop.albemarleciderworks.com/Gunston-Hall

There’s still time to join us for our 2021 Kite Festival and Plant Sale! Join us for some socially distanced fun in the ...
04/17/2021

There’s still time to join us for our 2021 Kite Festival and Plant Sale! Join us for some socially distanced fun in the sun. 🌞

There’s still time to join us for our 2021 Kite Festival and Plant Sale! Join us for some socially distanced fun in the sun. 🌞

Kite Festival is back!  The fields are open.  We have kites in stock.  We can't wait to see you for this annual program ...
04/15/2021

Kite Festival is back! The fields are open. We have kites in stock. We can't wait to see you for this annual program at Gunston Hall.

Learn more and purchase tickets at www.gunstonhall.org/event/kite-festival.

#kites #familyevent #socialdistancing #outside

Kite Festival is back! The fields are open. We have kites in stock. We can't wait to see you for this annual program at Gunston Hall.

Learn more and purchase tickets at www.gunstonhall.org/event/kite-festival.

#kites #familyevent #socialdistancing #outside

Gunston Hall is in bloom.  We're celebrating Spring with the return of Kite Festival and our first ever Plant Sale.  Joi...
04/14/2021

Gunston Hall is in bloom. We're celebrating Spring with the return of Kite Festival and our first ever Plant Sale. Join us on April 17th for some springtime fun!

Get tickets or purchase your plants in advance at www.gunstonhall.org/event

Gunston Hall is in bloom. We're celebrating Spring with the return of Kite Festival and our first ever Plant Sale. Join us on April 17th for some springtime fun!

Get tickets or purchase your plants in advance at www.gunstonhall.org/event

Itching to get out of the house?  Pick up a kite and a ticket to Saturday's Kite Festival.  Pack a picnic, and enjoy the...
04/13/2021

Itching to get out of the house? Pick up a kite and a ticket to Saturday's Kite Festival. Pack a picnic, and enjoy the wide open space at Gunston Hall.

Get your tickets today at www.gunstonhall.org/event/kite-festival

Itching to get out of the house? Pick up a kite and a ticket to Saturday's Kite Festival. Pack a picnic, and enjoy the wide open space at Gunston Hall.

Get your tickets today at www.gunstonhall.org/event/kite-festival

03/31/2021
Something Different in the Garden

Join us for our last session of Something Different in the Garden. This episode we're talking with Brenda Parker of Mount Vernon about how enslaved men and women used their gardens to create a meal.

03/17/2021
Something Different in the Garden

Join us for our conversation with Chef Dave Smoke McCluskey and Stephen Smith, of Roughwood Table, for our second episode of Something Different in the Garden.

Registration Reminder - the last History in the Kitchen is March 13 at 10:30 am!As the first buds of spring rise up from...
03/13/2021
History in the Kitchen

Registration Reminder - the last History in the Kitchen is March 13 at 10:30 am!

As the first buds of spring rise up from the soil, we’re looking forward to the new food to come. While garden goodies aren’t quite ready to eat yet, it's never too early to learn a new recipe! We're making stewed parsnips and discussing the ways free working people of Virginia made their pantries last from harvest to spring.

#historicgunstonhall #history #historyinthekitchen #cooking #kidsinthekitchen

Families: Get kids in the kitchen learning about food and history! We'll explore a different recipe each week.

03/10/2021
Something Different in the Garden

Join us for the first session of Something Different in the Garden! We're joined by Adria Bordas of the Cooperative Extension and Dean Norton of Mount Vernon.

Searching for a way to liven up your winter meals? Find the solution in an 18th-century recipe. During our last session ...
03/09/2021
History in the Kitchen

Searching for a way to liven up your winter meals?

Find the solution in an 18th-century recipe. During our last session of History in the Kitchen, we’ll learn how farmers of the past turned parsnips into a delectable side dish by covering them in an easy-to-make, and delicious, cream sauce. Join the foodways team to prep this dish for a hearty, late-winter lunch or dinner. The testers at Gunston Hall agree: you don't want to miss this one.

Registration now open.

#HistoricGunstonHall #History #Cooking #HistoryInTheKitchen #FamilyActivity #KidsWithFood #KidsInTheKitchen

Families: Get kids in the kitchen learning about food and history! We'll explore a different recipe each week.

Happy International Women's Day!Ann Thomson Mason took strides to create gender equality, well before that phrase was co...
03/08/2021

Happy International Women's Day!

Ann Thomson Mason took strides to create gender equality, well before that phrase was coined. When her husband died, Ann's oldest son inherited everything. Ann worked outside of social norms to secure equal inheritances for her daughter and younger son. Ann was a shrewd business person at a time when women had few opportunities.

Which women have made an impact in your life? Shout them out here!

#WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalWomensDay #HistoricGunstonHall

Happy International Women's Day!

Ann Thomson Mason took strides to create gender equality, well before that phrase was coined. When her husband died, Ann's oldest son inherited everything. Ann worked outside of social norms to secure equal inheritances for her daughter and younger son. Ann was a shrewd business person at a time when women had few opportunities.

Which women have made an impact in your life? Shout them out here!

#WomensHistoryMonth #InternationalWomensDay #HistoricGunstonHall

Happy National Genealogy Day! Did you know more than 10,000 people are descended from Ann and George Mason?Tell us what ...
03/07/2021

Happy National Genealogy Day!

Did you know more than 10,000 people are descended from Ann and George Mason?

Tell us what you've discovered about your family tree, and you just might be featured in our eNewsletter!

#historicgunstonhall #genealogy #history #family #uncoveringhistory #WomensHistoryMonth

Happy National Genealogy Day!

Did you know more than 10,000 people are descended from Ann and George Mason?

Tell us what you've discovered about your family tree, and you just might be featured in our eNewsletter!

#historicgunstonhall #genealogy #history #family #uncoveringhistory #WomensHistoryMonth

03/05/2021
Seed Quantity Calculator | Johnny's Selected Seeds

Did you know that George Mason requested 2 ounces of cauliflower seed from his son, John, who lived in France?

2 ounces may not seem like a lot, but it's actually 6000 seeds, which is far too many for the 1-acre riverside garden.

Why do you think he needed that many seeds? Did he use them over several years? Was he accounting for lower germination rates than we expect today?

Times have certainly changed, and there's no need to over-order today! Consider using this interactive tool produced by Johnny's Selected Seeds. You can estimate how many seeds to order based on your garden space.

Use this easy calculator to input your crops and row lengths and determine the quantities of seeds you will need for planting.

The time has come for the third and final session of History in the Kitchen: Stewed Parsnips! As we talk about the ways ...
03/02/2021

The time has come for the third and final session of History in the Kitchen: Stewed Parsnips! As we talk about the ways that farmers made the most of winter food storage, try your hand at making delicious stewed parsnips!
As we start to see the first buds of spring vegetables pop up from the soil, we’re looking forward to the new food to come. But the garden goodies aren’t quite ready to eat yet. Let’s look at ways the free working people of Virginia made their pantries last from fall harvest, all the way through winter, and into early spring.

Register now and join us on March 13 at 10:30am!

#HistoryInTheKitchen #FamilyActivity #KidsWithFood #KidsInTheKitchen

The time has come for the third and final session of History in the Kitchen: Stewed Parsnips! As we talk about the ways that farmers made the most of winter food storage, try your hand at making delicious stewed parsnips!
As we start to see the first buds of spring vegetables pop up from the soil, we’re looking forward to the new food to come. But the garden goodies aren’t quite ready to eat yet. Let’s look at ways the free working people of Virginia made their pantries last from fall harvest, all the way through winter, and into early spring.

Register now and join us on March 13 at 10:30am!

#HistoryInTheKitchen #FamilyActivity #KidsWithFood #KidsInTheKitchen

Today is the day! Fourth graders, remember to submit your essay on what makes a good leader before 5:00 p.m. for a chanc...
02/26/2021
Writing Competition - George Mason's Gunston Hall

Today is the day! Fourth graders, remember to submit your essay on what makes a good leader before 5:00 p.m. for a chance to win $75 and free admission to our March Writers' Workshop. Details on our website.
#WritersWorkshop #GunstonHall #History

Calling all 4th grade students! The George Mason Essay Contest is now open! George Mason knew the power of sharing ideas through writing. Through documents like the Virginia Declaration of...

Batter cakes, sometimes called Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes, were a staple for many colonial Americans, but especially for ...
02/24/2021

Batter cakes, sometimes called Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes, were a staple for many colonial Americans, but especially for people held in slavery. At Gunston Hall, enslaved women like Poll or Priss, probably used their rations of corn or cornmeal, eggs from their own chickens, and a bit of water to make a simple batter they could fry right before the start of a meal. People like the Masons probably preferred a more luxurious version that included milk and hominy.

Cook along with us at History in the Kitchen: Johnny/Batter Cakes and learn how even simple foods can change when prepared for different tables.

#HistoryInTheKitchen #FamilyActivity #KidsWithFood #KidsInTheKitchen #BatterCakes #HoeCakes #JohnnyCakes #HistoricBrunch

Batter cakes, sometimes called Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes, were a staple for many colonial Americans, but especially for people held in slavery. At Gunston Hall, enslaved women like Poll or Priss, probably used their rations of corn or cornmeal, eggs from their own chickens, and a bit of water to make a simple batter they could fry right before the start of a meal. People like the Masons probably preferred a more luxurious version that included milk and hominy.

Cook along with us at History in the Kitchen: Johnny/Batter Cakes and learn how even simple foods can change when prepared for different tables.

#HistoryInTheKitchen #FamilyActivity #KidsWithFood #KidsInTheKitchen #BatterCakes #HoeCakes #JohnnyCakes #HistoricBrunch

25 years before James Monroe became the fifth President, George Mason wrote to him expressing his concerns (as he often ...
02/23/2021

25 years before James Monroe became the fifth President, George Mason wrote to him expressing his concerns (as he often did), this time regarding Gouverneur Morris' leadership. George Mason had firm convictions about good and bad leadership. Now fourth-graders have a chance to share their own ideas on the subject. The winner of our annual essay competition receives $75 and an award ceremony during our March Writers' Workshop. Hurry, the competition closes on Friday!
For additional information, visit our website: https://gunstonhall.org/families-teachers/for-teachers/

25 years before James Monroe became the fifth President, George Mason wrote to him expressing his concerns (as he often did), this time regarding Gouverneur Morris' leadership. George Mason had firm convictions about good and bad leadership. Now fourth-graders have a chance to share their own ideas on the subject. The winner of our annual essay competition receives $75 and an award ceremony during our March Writers' Workshop. Hurry, the competition closes on Friday!
For additional information, visit our website: https://gunstonhall.org/families-teachers/for-teachers/

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Thanks Holly for the wonderful tour yesterday! Carlos & Patricia
Your Instagram account doesn't show the Writers Workshop
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.