Remote Field Trips

Grades K-12: 30-90 min.
Meet live, through a video conference, with Gunston Hall staff and volunteers. Students in primary grades practice comparing past and present.  Students in 4-6th grades explore the people, spaces, and activities of an 18th-century plantation. Middle and high school students delve into civics, considering questions of individual rights and the contradictions posed by George Mason’s advocacy for rights and simultaneous ownership of other people.  Programs are aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning and C3.

Check back for more details. Or contact Gunston Hall  at 703-550-9220 or grouptours@gunstonhall.org.

Asynchronous Learning Modules

Grades 4-6: Step into the 18th Century (60-90 min.)
Select the topics that fit your class’s needs. Options include the tobacco economy, everyday life in the 18th century, slavery, and George Mason and the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Each packet includes a 3-5 minute video and accompanying student materials.  Use these graphic organizers, writing assignments, and other activities as learning tools, assessments, or enrichment materials.

Fee: none; registration is required

For more information call us at 703-550-9220 or email grouptours@gunstonhall.org.

Enrichment Activities

Grades 4-12: Hands-On Activities (15 minutes-several days.)
Invite your students into experiential learning.  Each activity page begins with historical background and concludes with a hands-on component.  Students learn about the past by making food and drinks, planting seeds, creating a game, and much more.

Fee: none

View the activity list correlated to the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Classroom Outreach

Gunston Hall’s outreach program is suspended until further notice.  It will resume after worries about community spread of COVID 19 have subsided.  In the meantime, please consider one of the options above.

Grades 4-6: Discover George Mason (60-90 min.)
Delve into George Mason’s life and times without leaving your classroom. Docents supply materials to help students discover Mason’s era and his writing of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. Fee: $40/classroom

Grades 7-12: Mason & Democratic Ideals (45-60 min.)
Invite a Gunston Hall educator into your classroom to lead students in activities about George Mason’s ideas about government and individual rights. Fee: $40/classroom

Ready to book your outreach program? Call us at 703-550-9220 or email grouptours@gunstonhall.org.

Colonial Day at Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall’s outreach program is suspended until further notice.  It will resume after worries about community spread of COVID 19 have subsided.  In the meantime, please consider one of the options above.

Grades 4-6, $10/student, $10/chaperone, 3 hours
Your students will investigate life in the 18th century during this lively, hands-on program. They will consider multiple perspectives as they think about food, clothing, music, writing, and living conditions.

Essay Competition

The George Mason Essay Contest

Date: Check back for the 2021 competition details

The George Mason Essay Contest will open this winter. We invite all 4th graders to answer a question related to George Mason’s ideas. The first place winner receives $75 and a scholarship to our Writers’ Workshop.

Click here to learn more about the upcoming contest.