Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.
Directions: Located 16 miles south of Alexandria. From I-95, take the Lorton exit.
Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, gentleman farmer and author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, a document that served as a model for the U.S. Bill of Rights and one which called for freedom of the press, tolerance of religion, and other fundamental democratic principles.
Built on the Potomac River circa 1755, the Georgian style mansion features some of the finest hand-carved ornamented interiors in the country, showing the hand of 18th century architect William Buckland. In addition to a schoolhouse, restored outbuildings include a kitchen, dairy, laundry, and smokehouse. Visitors may tour the mansion and grounds, including formal gardens, deer park, and farmyard with historic livestock.
The property is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.
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