Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall Events Calendar

In-Depth Tour


stair bracketDo you want to focus on the details?  We'd love to have you join us on Mondays and Thursdays for a longer, more in depth experience at Gunston Hall.  Tours this month will take place on:

Mondays at 10:15 a.m. Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.
March 13 March 16
March 20 March 23
March 27 March 30

You join this tour when you arrive, or sign up in advance.  If you'd like to sign up, please call 703-550-9220.


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Archaeology Symposium: Underwater Archaeology in the Mid-Atlantic

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Come explore the depths of underwater archaeology in the Mid-Atlantic.  Chat with archaeologists about the challenges, the excitement, and their finds.  Hear how archaeology can add pieces to the puzzle about the importance of waterways in the 18th century.

Program includes:

New Directions for Underwater Archaeology in Virginia
John D. Broadwater, Maritime Archaeology Consultant

The Mallows Bay Potomac River National  Marine Sanctuary: A Work in Progress
Susan Langley, Maryland Historical Trust

The Colonial Chesapeake as a Maritime Highway
Pete Lesher, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

The 18th-Century Alexandria Ship and the Diffusion of Continental Shipbuilding Traditions to 17th and 18th-Century New England
Jason Lunze, Jamestowne-Yorktown Foundation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and University of Southern Denmark

Panel Discussion:
Contemporary Challenges in Maritime Archaeology
and Preservation

Refreshments included in registration.

$55 Registration, $45 Friends of Gunston Hall and Friends of Fairfax Archaeology, $25 students.

To register online, please visit our Registration Page.  If you would like to register over the phone, please call 703-550-9220.
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Cocktails by Candlelight

Cocktails by Candlelight

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 

Enjoy an evening at Gunston hall during this special after-hours event!

Sip on period cocktails as you learn to make 18th-century mixed drinks and snacks in the heart of the historic property.  Sit and chat with friends and spouses in our Kitchen yard, and experience the serenity of Mason Neck during an exclusive candlelight tour.

$35 Registration, $25 Friends of Gunston Hall.

Purchase your tickets in advance, or at the door!

To register online please visit our Registration Page.  To register over the phone, please call 703-550-9220. 
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Beginning Hearth Cooking

Cooking in the Hearth KitchenJoin us in the hearth kitchen at Gunston Hall for the ultimate experience in slow food as you learn to employ 18th-century cooking techniques and recipes to create period dishes.  Get involved in the joys and challenges of cooking over an open flame, take a tour of the house and meet other food enthusiasts.

The class is a one-day session from 10am to 4pm on each weekend day.  Registration includes all materials and lunch. Please plan to wear clothing made from natural fibers, as you will be around open flame.  These include cotton, linen, and wool.  Stay away from garments containing polyester, nylon, acrylic, or lycra.

Registration for Beginner Hearth Cooking: $125 non-member, $100 Friends of Gunston Hall

Two Day Registration for Beginner and Intermediate: $225 non-member, $175 Friends of Gunston Hall

To register, please call 703-550-9220.
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Bring History to Life for Children


And discover how much fun you can have volunteering at a history museum!Docent Leading School Tour

Help students get excited about George Mason and his work to protect Americans’ rights. Volunteer docents at Gunston Hall in Lorton, Virginia, lead school tours about Mason and his ideas, as well as life in the 18th century.  Docents become part of the Gunston Hall Docent Association, a dedicated group of volunteers.

Visitors to the museum step back in time as they discover the history of Virginia and one of our country’s founders. Volunteers discuss topics such as the American Revolution, the writing of the Constitution, the fi ght for a Bill of Rights. Plus, they help students investigate the lives of people who lived on a Virginia plantation, from the gentry to the people who were enslaved. Th is historic site is located in a beautiful wooded setting, just minutes from I-95 and US Route 1.

Volunteer docents help young people learn about these important and fascinating topics by being

• enthusiastic
• friendly
• committed to historical accuracy
• available on weekdays

Training is every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from October 11 through November 2, 2016. For more information or to receive an application, call (703) 550-9220 x238 or write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .SaveSaveSave
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