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Declaration Day

June 12 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join us at Gunston Hall as we commemorate the anniversary of the Virginia Declaration of Rights.  In writing this document, George Mason took some of the first steps in American history to make this country and the world a better place.  They were not perfect steps. Mason owned slaves his entire life and the rights in the Declaration applied to a specific segment of society. Countless people have since worked to make the ideals of the Declaration a reality for everyone.

Gunston Hall welcomes you to an outdoor experience on Saturday, June 12. Bring a chair or pack a blanket and settle in for an afternoon of performances of music and stories made by people who strove to make the world a better place as well.  

This program will happen rain or shine.  In the event of rain, the program will move indoors.

Schedule of Performances:

1 p.m. Introduction
1:15 p.m.  Washington’s Camerata

This Baroque Ensemble will lead off the musical afternoon with a selection of 18th century music, rarely heard today.  With wind and string instruments, the group will evoke the sounds of George Mason’s lifetime.

2:30 p.m. Sarah Osburn Brady as Clementina Rind

Ms. Osborn will share the story of Clementina Rind, one of the first female newspaper printers in America.  She strove to make the news and information available in Williamsburg and across Virginia with her periodical, the Virginia Gazette.

3:45 p.m. The Sisters Duo

This acoustic duo will bring us forward into the modern era with American folk music.  Their set will include family favorites and music of the Civil Rights era.

5 p.m. GMU Ensemble

This five-piece group includes Pan Steel Drum, Bass, Drums, Saxophone and Guitar.  The GMU Ensemble will cap out our program with a wide range of fun “Caribbean-style” selections as well as jazz standards and swing. 




This program is complimentary, but registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan for social distancing.  Register here.



You can also bring or buy a picnic.  To learn more about how to reserve your picnic with our partner, Amphora, check out their Gunston Hall menu.


June 12
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Road
Mason Neck, VA 22079 United States