Summer Saturdays

Explore history in different ways with this drop-in summer program.  Each Saturday will have a host of different activities around a different theme.  Savor history, dig in the dirt, and play games as we learn about the 18th century at Gunston Hall.

This program is included with regular admission and takes place on the grounds at Gunston Hall.

Themes for 2022

June 4
June 11
Declaration Day
June 18
June 25
July 2
“July 4th”
July 9
July 16
July 23
July 30
August 6
August 13
August 20
August 27


History in the Kitchen

This three-part series will illuminate what kinds of food were eaten by different people in colonial Virginia.  Discover each week how to prepare a simple recipe.  Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the following groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia.  Participants will discover how social class and wealth affected what food people had access to.

Kids and adults alike will have a great time learning about history plus cooking!  This program is designed for families with kids 10-18, but is open to participants of all ages.  All sessions are complimentary.


Registration is required to receive the recipe and zoom link for each program.  You may register until 10:15 a.m. the day of each program.

February 19 – Fried Catfish

March 5 – Apple Fritters

March 12 – Chicken Pudding