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“tranquil historical and architectural treasure”
Review of Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Lorton
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Gunston Hall Plantation was the home of George Mason, a senior statesman and author of Virginia's Declaration of Rights.
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Reviewed May 29, 2013

We learned who George Mason was by stumbling across his memorial in Washington, DC (on the to the Jefferson Memorial) Intrigued, we stopped by his home, and had an exceptionally informative tour. The home was wonderful; we learned about proportional architecture, customs of the times, what a pole ladder is, and how a typical bed of that era felt. The grounds were lovely; the cemetery where George's first wife Ann is buried is worth a visit. Just strolling what would have been Mason's backyard, with glimpses to the water, provided peace and tranquility; no wonder he did not choose to leave his home unless compelled, by his sense of duty to his country, to share his ideas and talents with the world.

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Flora V, descendent at Gunston Hall, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2013

This past Friday, June 21st, I toured the estate with our son, Brenton Collier Kelley, to show him the peaceful side of his family. We had just buried my brother, his uncle, Col. George Mason Van Orden, son of Gen. George Owen Van Orden, USMC, and he gave me a $20 bill standing outside the entrance in order that I have enough to pay for our guest, Bruce. That was the last time I saw my black wallet. I need you to look around the grounds, please, and let me know by email (drflora3rd@netzero.net) asap if you find it because otherwise I will have to start the process of cancelling credit cards, replacing IDs, etc.We are related to George Mason by my mother's side. Thank you, Dr. Flora Mason Van Orden, presently in Florida to finalize a grant which was awarded to an organization I help for Haitians, and see a doctor and will return soon. You may call 305-247-4779, which is an unattended phone, and persist, if you find it and would like to let me know sooner than an email. Thank you.l

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Gunston Hall Plantation is one of the historical properties in and near Washington D.C. (the other being the NSCDA headquarters located at Dumbarton House) administered by a Boards of Regents appointed by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

What a delightful place to spent a few hours in the main house which is beautifully restored; one learns about George Mason, the architectural styles and types of decorations in vogue during the last quarter of the 18th c. and a visit of the superb grounds (vistas, tree lined walkways,etc.). Well worth the detour... Pack a light snack or lunch and take time to visit the Museum shop on your way out.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We visited Gunston Hall primarily for a large British Car show. The entrance down the tree lined avenue was beautiful and the spacious grounds were ideal setting for several hundred cars. We not only enjoyed the car show but found Gunston Hall to be very impressive for a home built in 1747. The grounds stretched back to a scenic garden of Boxwoods with views of the Potomac. It was a nice blend of a historic setting and vintage cars.

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Reviewed April 29, 2013

Gunston Hall is one of those little jewels that doesn't get all the attention it deserves because it is just outside the "easy travel" distances for Alexandria and Washington. But it is an absolutely beautiful home, speaks to the real taste and values of one of our wisest "Founding Fathers" and is one of the simplest but best preserved Revolutionary War era homes to be found.

George Mason was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and was an early advocate of both religious toleration and a free press. He stands just outside that "circle of greats" with whom most Americans are familiar. He should be within that circle because in addition to his political views he had an economic insight that many of that privileged cohort lacked; he was one of the very few of the "Founding Fathers" who learned the lesson of living within his means. As a result much of his home and plantation survived. History is fickle, just like people.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Musch less grand than Mount Vernon, the home of the other George. It is very close to George Washington's home, and you could probably do both in a day. Our tour guide was a hoot! And very informative. The Boxwood gardens are just as they were in his day, and the view of the Potomic River and the Deer Garden surpass Mount Vernon.

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