Gunston Hall

Museum Shop Holiday Preview Party

November 9, 2017
3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Holiday Preview PartyCelebrate with us as we unveil this year's holiday merchandise throughout the shop. Receive special discounts and offers, as well as complimentary gift wrapping, and snack on light refreshments as you shop.

We look forward to seeing you and a friend at this joyous event!

Meet the Authors: Plantations of Virginia

Charlene C. Giannetti & Jai Williams

Saturday, October 7Plantations of Virginia
11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Join Charlene and Jai for a complimentary author talk, Q&A session, and book signing at George Mason’s Gunston Hall!

Southern plantations are an endless source of fascination. There are still more than 60 plantations in Virginia today, most of them open to the public. If only walls could talk, the stories we might hear! Learn more about these historic sites and their stories in Plantations of Virginia.

Books will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop (paperback, $21.95). Call ahead to guarantee a copy as quantities will be limited. Purchase two and receive 20% off.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information or to RSVP, please call 703-550-9220.


Writing Workshop

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Writing with a slate pen During the day-long Gunston Hall Writing Workshop, students have the opportunity to try out different forms of writing.  A focus for the writing will be key events in George Mason's life. The program, held in the spring, is open to current 4th and 5th graders throughout the region. All sessions, materials, and snacks are included. Reservations are required and space is limited.

To register online, please visit our Registration Page.  If you would like to register over the phone, please call 703-550-9220.

For more information, please call 703-550-9220, or email Anne Barlow, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Writing Contest

In concert with the Writing Workshop, Gunston Hall also offers an annual writing contest, which all 4th grade students are welcome to participate in.

Students must answer the following:

In the Virginia Declaration of Rights, George Mason wrote about the right to vote. Why do you think he believed voting was important? Is voting still important today?

Essays are due by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2018, with a completed entry form, available here.

Prize: The winning student will receive $75, and complimentary entry to the Writing Workshop on May 6th.  The student’s teacher will receive a Complimentary class field trip or outreach Session for the 2018-2019 school year.

Exhibit: Amending America

August 2017-March 2018

Amending America   See our new traveling exhibition from the National Archives, Amending America: The Bill of Rights, commemorating the 225th anniversary of the ratification of this landmark document.  Amending America: The Bill of Rights spotlights one of the most remarkable periods in American history, explores the origins of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution (collectively known as the Bill of Rights), and illustrates how each amendment protects U.S. citizens.  Featuring facsimile documents, reproduction artifacts, and interactives, Amending America invites visitors to connect directly with the people, places, and events that mark this historic document’s evolution.  This exhibit runs through March 2018.  

Amending America: The Bill of Rights is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration, and traveled by the National Archives Traveling Exhibits Service (NATES). This exhibition was developed in collaboration with the National Archives’ National Outreach Initiative to commemorate the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights. The exhibition is presented in part by AT&T, HISTORYⓇ, Seedlings Foundation, and the National Archives Foundation.

Support for Amending America: The Bill of Rights at Gunston Hall is provided by Burke & Herbert Bank and Tim Rizer of Item, Inc.

Included with regular admission.



Amending America
Amending America: The Bill of Rights
August 2017-March 2018
Included with Regular Admission


Amending America  Archaeology Seminar  Intermediate Hearth Beginner
Amending America: The Bill of Rights
August 2017-March 2018
Included with Regular Admission

Sites in Peril: Environmental and Other Challenges in Archaeology
March 3, 2018
$55 Registration, $45 Friends of Gunston Hall and Friends of Fairfax Archaeology, $25 Students

Beginning Hearth Cooking
March 17, 2018
$125 Registration, $100 Friends
Multi-day discounts available 

 Hearth Cooking Intermediate    
  Intermediate Hearth Cooking
March 18, 2018
$125 Registration, $100 Friends
Multi-day discounts available 


  Cocktails by Candlelight  Kite Festival Britain on the Green


Cocktails by Candlelight
April 13, 2018
$35 Registration, $25 Friends

 Kite Festival
April 21, 2018
$10 Adults and $8 Kids, 
$8 Friends Adults, $5 Friends Kids
Britain on the Green
April 29, 2018
$10 Adults and $5 Kids


  Writing Workshop   


 Writing Workshop
May 5, 2018
$15 Registration


  Summer Saturdays  Declaration Day 
   Summer Saturdays
Every Saturday in June, July and August
Included with Regular Admission
Declaration Day
June 9, 2018
Complimentary Admission