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Gunston Hall

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Address: 10709 Gunston Rd, Mason Neck, Lorton, VA 22079-3901
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Gunston Hall Plantation was the home of George Mason, a senior statesman...

Gunston Hall Plantation was the home of George Mason, a senior statesman and author of Virginia's Declaration of Rights.

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Visited Gunston Hall one summer afternoon shortly before closing time. The place was entirely empty, so ended up having a private tour of the house and grounds. It was a very neat... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 4, 2017
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New York
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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2017

Visited Gunston Hall one summer afternoon shortly before closing time. The place was entirely empty, so ended up having a private tour of the house and grounds. It was a very neat experience. Highly recommend visiting!

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Sherwood, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2017

Our tour guide was excellent, the preservation and restoration to the Revolutionary period is excellent, and the setting on the Potamic is gorgeous. George Mason was so important in the founding of our country, so walking in his home, using the banister he used going up the stairs -- awesome.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

If you do Mount Vernon, go here, too. A short side trip off of Route 1 and you're at George Mason's own house. Mason wrote the Virginia Bill of Rights, which was used as a template for the federal Bill of Rights. He rarely left VA. Mason did go to Philly but wouldn't sign the new constitution because it omitted... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016 via mobile

Went there on a whim with 4 children ages 7-10. Happened to be Archeology Day! There were tons of activities set up outside for the kids to try their hand at, making them feel like a real archeologist. Not cheap, cheesy activities either. These were the real deal with real equipment and real archeological finds. The kids were enthralled! So... More 

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Fort Meade, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2016 via mobile

Brianna was our tour guide and she was great! Incredibly knowledgeable and taught us a few little historical tidbits like where "sleep tight" came from. The place is absolutely gorgeous. You have to walk out to see the river but overall I'm impressed!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

George Mason had a significant influence on the formation of the Constitution of the United States - but he did not sign it. He was probably the most vocal pro-ponent of the Bill of Rights and authored it's precursor. Yet his home has escaped almost all publicity and recognition. This is a must see for students of Colonial history.

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Montgomery County, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

George Mason was a successful planter, lawyer, politician and political thinker. Among other activities, he served as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. He is considered the primary author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Gunston Hall is the restored home of Mason. It is an excellent example of Georgian architecture. Several out-buildings have been reconstructed... More 

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Hillsborough, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Toured Gunston Hall after hearing it mentioned as a venue for the President's Birthday Party in "National Treasure Book of Secrets". We knew nothing about George Mason or Gunston Hall, but that surely changed after our tour! We has no idea that Mason's writings were the basis for so many other well known documents throughout history. Our incredibly knowledgeable tour... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

This is a great place to visit for a private, docent lead tour of the home of the Mason family.The home and grounds have so much history and beautiful grounds to explore. Military and family can visit for free. It is quiet and serene and there are no crowds to fight or wait in line. There is just a steady... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

Located on the Mason Neck Peninsula George Masons home is perfectly positioned atop a rolling hill with serene panoramic views. Like many things on Mason neck it is a treasure and a must do if you visit the peninsula. It is host to several indoor and outdoor events so check the event calendar to gauge the crowd which is generally... More 

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