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 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.
Today, Gunston Hall is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from The NSCDA. Mason’s home, constructed between 1755 and 1759, is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Visitors receive a guided tour of the mansion with outbuildings, 550 acres of grounds and hiking trails to visit. A variety of onsite events are presented throughout the year. We offer classroom and group tours daily. Located just 24 miles south of Washington, DC in Lorton, Virginia.
One of my favorite historic sites. Gorgeous estate that still has 550 acres of the original plantation. You feel as though you have stepped back in time. There is a 3/4 mile hiking path to the Potomac River. Highly recommend that you visit Gunston Hall.
Very great experience. The exhibit in the visitor center is well done, and a great intro to George Mason. The house itself was a great tour, our guide was very knowledgeable. Walked around the grounds, which were gorgeous. Highly recommend this place.
You only need about 90 minutes to see everything. The grounds are beautiful.
Interesting place with lots of historical significance. Grounds are beautiful and the house is nicer than Mount Vernon though much smaller. My only issue is the heavy emphasis on slavery, as if it is the most important part of American history.
Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason. Located just south of George Washington's Mt. Vernon. This place is much quieter, less touristy home of one of the Founding Father. The garden behind the house needs little clean up but overall very well taken care of house from 18th Century.