Explore the Historic Area (Grounds pass or mansion ticket required)
- 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.
Take a tour (Mansion ticket required)
Join a tour of the Mason mansion, where you’ll discover George Mason’s ideas and influence. Plus, you will learn about the lives of the people, both free and enslaved, who lived at Gunston Hall. Small tour sizes mean that the tour will focus on your interests. Hands-on baskets will help the house come alive for visitors of all ages.
Plan a Picnic (Grounds pass or mansion ticket required)
Enjoy Gunston Hall’s grounds by using our picnic tables or bringing a picnic blanket.
- We offer some snacks in the museum shop.
- With 24 hours advanced planning, you may order a picnic lunch through our partner, Amphora. For options, please visit their delivery menu.
- Bring your own picnic food.
- Other options are within a 10-20 min drive from Gunston Hall. Check those options out on the map
Visit our Exhibitions (Mansion ticket required)
Explore our permanent exhibition, Revolutionary Rights, and discover our rotating content around the visitor center. Check out the visitor center page to learn more.
Find books about George Mason and our country’s founding. Pick up local treats, handmade items, and other souvenirs. The Gunston Hall Museum Shop is a perfect place to find hostess gifts and other presents.
Attend a Special Event
Step back in time through programs for all ages. The 18th century comes to life as we explore the ideas of democracy and individual rights that George Mason tirelessly promoted. Check out our calendar of events to see what is happening next. Friends of Gunston Hall receive discounted registration for all special programs.
Go on a Hike
Lace up your boots and discover Gunston Hall’s 550 acres of natural beauty. Hike to the Potomac River, follow the bluebird trail, and visit the family burying ground.
We are dog-friendly!
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!