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Gunston Hall, Lorton

Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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  • 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 conside...  read more »
  • 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...  read more »
  • A gorgeous mansion, in a park full of "history" (the United States) and "stories" (families, slaves, market, Freedom). The complex of buildings is much more than a villa: is an extract from the life of 1700 American who tells the story in a tobacco plantation operated so liberal and modern (for the time) from the family of George Mason (President of the United States at the time of the Declaration of independence). The villa real has nothing to envy to an 18th-century villa is built so solid and "Advanced" and is in a State of perfect preservation, including the furniture and furnishings. Around the villa you can visit the buildings of rural life, school, family, beautifully reconstructed (where the wood cannot be the original one of over 200 years ago). The Park is pleasant, but it's when you explain the Guide (guide – very prepared on request) tobacco plantation work you remain speechless. Entrance costs a few dollars and is an unmissable place about half an hour's drive from Washington, also because it opens to visitors the history, in a very beautiful architectural setting and not common around here.
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  • Great tour, wonderful house, no crowds. Maybe we hit it just right but there were no crowds. Perhaps MT Vernon is the big draw in the area, but I liked Gunston Hall more.
  • George Mason was an amazing founding father who flies under the radar because he opposed the constitution because he thought it would eventually lead to big government...A must visit if you like American history and a real under the radar place to spend an afternoon
  • I have friends that live in this area. I come all the down by the river a lot because a few of my friends live by River Dr.
  • This is a nice, hidden gem of a historic house. When I visited, there didn't seem to be much foot traffic. The staff at the front desk was friendly. Because I was part of a group of one, I was able to get a one-on-one tour of the house and learn a little more about George Mason. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see much of the grounds, though I hope to do that another time. I highly recommend it if you enjoy touring historic houses, or if you don't enjoy the crowds of places such as Mount Vernon.
  • the guides are well informed, and the house and grounds are lovely.
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