Make a Donation to The Annual Fund

Gunston Hall is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that relies on the generous support of donors like you to bring the past to life for the tens of thousands of children, families and others that visit Gunston Hall each year. As part of our commitment to sharing George Mason’s story and values of honesty, integrity, and love of country as widely as possible, we:

  • Offer free entrance to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day;
  • Make every effort to accommodate those with disabilities. Our Visitors Center and the first floor of the Mansion are completely accessible; and,
  • Provide free admission to those living at or below the poverty line.

Donations to Gunston Hall’s annual fund are 100% charitable contributions.

No goods, services, or membership benefits are provided in exchange for annual fund donations.

EIN/Tax ID number is 52-1284368.

Become a Member

As a member of Gunston Hall, you become a part of a core group of supporters that are helping to preserve this historic family home. Your membership provides critical year-long support of our educational programming and helps inform future generations of the nation-shaping ideas and legacy of George Mason.

$35

  • Free entry to Gunston Hall for an individual for one year
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Reduced ticket prices for programs and special events
  • Email subscription to the newsletter

$50

  • Free entry to Gunston Hall for two individuals for one year
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Reduced ticket prices for programs and special events
  • Email subscription to the newsletter

$100

  • Free entry to Gunston Hall for a household for one year
    (a household includes two adults and all children or grandchildren under age 21)
  • 10% discount in the museum shop
  • Reduced ticket prices for programs and special events
  • Email subscription to the newsletter

$150 exclusive membership opportunity for residents of Mason Neck

  • All Household Membership benefits
  • Two one-time guest admission tickets
  • Holiday shop preview day
  • Recognition in Gunston Hall’s annual report
  • Annual Mason Neck Day

$250

  • All Household Membership benefits
  • Four one-time guest admission tickets
  • Holiday shop preview day
  • Recognition in Gunston Hall’s annual report
  • Exclusive invitations to exhibition openings

$500

  • All Patriot Contributing Membership benefits
  • Annual “behind the scenes” curator’s tour

The Louis and Eleanor Hertle Heritage Society

Louis and Eleanor Hertle were Gunston Hall’s first benefactors. As private owners of Gunston Hall in the 1930s, they began considering ways to preserve this historic property. It was their wish that Gunston Hall become a memorial to George Mason upon their passing. In 1949, Gunston Hall formally passed to the Commonwealth of Virginia to be administered by a Board of Regents chosen by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

In the spirit of their generous bequest, we have established The Louis and Eleanor Hertle Heritage Society to recognize the generosity and foresight of donors who support Gunston Hall through estate and planned gifts. Planned giving options include:

  • Bequest
  • Gift Annuity
  • Life Insurance/Retirement Accounts
  • Deferred Gift Annuity
  • Lead Trusts
  • Remainder Trusts

If you have already included Gunston Hall in your estate plans, or if you would like additional information about the different planned giving options, please let us know.