Educational Workshops at Gunston Hall

Writers’ Workshop

Students discover how to express your thoughts and ideas through writing at the annual Writers’ Workshop. This day-long, hands-on event is open to 4th and 5th grade students and includes activities to spark creativity, fiction and non-fiction writing lessons, materials, and snacks.

Just for Educators

Professional development sessions offer teachers opportunities to build content knowledge, discover new classroom activities, and have fun. More information about individual Just for Educators programs is published on our Calendar of Events as they are scheduled.

Plan a Workshop with Us

Plan a teacher workshop or special-focus visit on George Mason or 18th-century life. The Education Department is delighted to work with educators (12 or more preferred), either at Gunston Hall or on location in your school or district.

For Parents

George Mason was constantly concerned with the welfare and happiness of his children. Today, we continue his legacy by inviting families and children of all ages to experience Gunston Hall in a variety of ways. Explore the galleries and outbuildings on your own and take a tour of the Mansion any day of the year. Alternatively, discover the many programs for kids throughout the year.

For suggestions about what to do on your visit, check out our Guide to Visiting or our Calendar of Events.

Are you looking for home learning options for your family?

Visit our Standards of Learning Page to find activities by grade level or subject.  You will discover lessons on social studies, language arts, science, and math activities.

To go directly to the activities page, visit Learning from Home.

Guide to Visiting

The grounds, visitor center, and museum shop are now open daily.

General Admission grants access to the grounds, museum, and limited access to the mansion. A Grounds Pass is available for you to explore the grounds on your own.

Explore the Historic Area

Take a guided tour or explore the grounds on your own.

  • Kitchen Yard: Peek in the reconstructed kitchen, dairy, and laundry. Consider the unrelenting work of enslaved people in these spaces. Compare these buildings to today’s housekeeping spaces.
  • Schoolhouse: Explore a recreated 18th-century plantation schoolhouse, including the tutor’s quarters.
  • Burying Ground: Walk out to the Masons’ family cemetery, established in the 1770s.
  • Slave Dwelling: See an outline of the kind of house that might have been used by enslaved people at Gunston Hall. Learn where real houses of enslaved people were located.
  • Archaeology: From spring through fall, meet our archaeological team to find out what we are uncovering about life at Gunston Hall.
  • Garden: Discover the location and design of the Masons’ garden. Watch as the garden reconstruction takes place.

Experience Revolutionary Rights

Start your visit in the Visitor Center and view our newest exhibition, Revolutionary Rights or our temporary exhibition, A Woman’s Place.

  • Revolutionary Rights, investigates the legacy of George Mason through his actions and ideas.
  • A Woman’s Place, uncovers clues about the lives of enslaved and free women who grew up, toiled, played, celebrated, and sorrowed at Gunston Hall.

Plan a Picnic

Enjoy Gunston Hall’s grounds by using our picnic tables or bringing a picnic blanket.

  • Bring your own picnic food.
  • With 24 hours advanced planning, you may order a picnic lunch through our partner, Amphora.

Go on a Hike

Purchase your ticket and lace up your boots to discover Gunston Hall’s 550 acres of natural beauty. Choose one of our easy to moderate hikes that showcase the historic corridor, native wildlife and plants, or impressive waterside views.

Bring Your Dog!

Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome on the grounds but are not allowed in the visitor center or museum with the exception of service animals. Explore the grounds or take an adventure hike with your pup and learn something new!

Shop with Us

The museum shop is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and located within the visitor center. The shop carries merchandise including books, stationary, refreshments, and gifts for any occasion including art from local artisans and craftsmen.

Upcoming Events at Gunston Hall

Step back in time and explore the ideas of democracy and individual rights. Check out our calendar of events below to see what is happening soon. Members of Gunston Hall receive discounted registration for all special programs.