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. Put Gunston Hall into our Lorton tour itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Lorton.
Gunston Hall Reviews
It was just a coincidence, but we visited here the weekend after we went to Independence Hall and the Constitution Center in Philadelphia. So interesting to learn about George Mason, the little-known.... more »
This site does not have the pizazz of Mount Vernon or Monticello. But it is a very lovely venue and well worth a visit. We arrived first thing in the morning to this peaceful site and saw the short... more »
An amazing place. Located in a quiet, beautiful corner of land, the Hall is a step back in time to learn about Mason and his life. It's also a great alternative to Mt. Vernon with a more personal touch and less crowded. The staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable. The tour of the house is about an hour and the grounds are expensive where you can spend all day. I highly recommend visiting!
We had a private tour of Gunston Hall on a inclement weather day. We were shown the mansion's main interior where the family gathered for dining, entertainment, and where visitors were received. Also second level bedrooms. The landscape overlooks the Potomac River.
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