Construction & Accessibility

Fire Suppression System in the Mansion

In an effort to maintain the highest standards of care and safety, a new fire suppression system is currently being installed in the historic mansion.  This project is important to both the conservation and preservation of the home and requires highly skilled technicians. As a result, visitors will have limited access to the mansion during the construction phase (March – June 2020). While we are currently unable to grant full access to the mansion, we are offering all our visitors an exclusive opportunity to view the interior of the mansion during construction. This limited-time offer provides a rare look into the historic skeleton of the Mason-family home, who knows what you might see!

Gunston Hall is pleased to offer a complimentary pass for a return visit for each ticket purchased during the Mansion work.  Passes are valid through December 31, 2020The Visitor Center, Museum, Museum Shop, and grounds, are open daily and fully accessible by the public.

Want to learn more about fire suppression systems in historic homes? Read J. Andrew Wilson’s Presentation on Fire Protection in Cultural Institutions.

Garden Restoration Project

In the years since the Mason family occupied Gunston Hall, the Riverfront Garden has had many forms; from an orchard to a colonial revival style garden.  Currently, work is underway to restore the one-acre area of land behind the mansion back to its original 18th-century appearance. Completion of construction on the garden is scheduled for early April and in the months following we will begin planting, using historic varieties that would have been available during George Mason’s lifetime.