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.
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.
Interesting history of George Mason. Tour guide was great! Grounds are beautiful.
Christmastide at Gunston Hall is something you and your family don't want to miss! One day a year George and Anne Mason open their home for Christmas festivities for kids and adults alike. Be sure to stop by the kitchens for samples of some amazing colonial desserts and foods! And if that doesn't fill you up the bake sale certainly will. There's even a "snowball "fight for the kids! The actors are superb and give you a wonderful educational experience without making you feel like you're in school. So grab the whole family and don't miss out on this wonderful Christmas experience
Hilding Gene Swanson
A stunning example of colonial architecture and craftsmanship. A must see historical site.