Temporary Closure & Construction

Fire Suppression System and Plaster Repair in the Mansion

In an effort to maintain the highest standards of care and safety, the mansion will be closed January 1 – February 29, 2020 while a new fire suppression system is installed and repairs to plaster are made. These projects are important to the conservation and preservation of the home and require many skilled technicians. The entire site, including the grounds, will temporarily close from January 1 – January 31, 2020. The grounds and visitor center will reopen to the public free of charge on February 1. Free admission will be offered to visitors February 1 – 29, 2020.

Garden Restoration Project

Gunston Hall is recreating its garden!  In the years since the Mason occupancy, the Riverfront Garden has had many forms, from orchard to colonial revival masterpiece.  The current project will return this acre of land to an 18th-century style garden.  When the project is complete, we will be able to see the garden as we believe it appeared during George Mason’s lifetime.

The project includes removing existing boxwood, leveling the landscape, constructing a new fence, and restoring pathways and beds.  In the spring, we will begin planting, using historic varieties available in George Mason’s lifetime.

What to know for your visit

  • Temporary fencing will surround the garden, so you will stay safe but be able to see the progress.
  • The Mansion will remain open during the entirety of the project.
  • All outbuildings will be accessible while we renovate the garden.