The Grounds will reopen on July 3. A Grounds Pass is required for entry, purchase your pass in advance or on site with contactless payment options.

Explore the Historic Area

  • 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.

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

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 Mason-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!

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.