Gunston Hall

Passport to History

Explore the places in this passport for a history-filled adventure! You will discover that our neighborhood is filled with exciting stories. From the American Revolution to the fight for women’s rights, you will find a lot to investigate. Also, you will be part of Virginia’s American Evolution™ commemoration.

What is the passport?

Passport to History represents a trail of historic sites in eastern Fairfax County. It is especially focused on 4th grade students, but all are welcome to participate and get to know the history of this storied area. Each page introduces a local site and asks questions to enhance your experience. Take a trip through time as you visit them all!

What do I do?

For each site you visit, take your passport to the admissions desk for a stamp. Once you get a stamp on each passport page, you will qualify for a small gift. Plus, everyone who gets a stamp from all the organizations in the passport may enter a drawing for a special prize: a behind-the-scenes visit to one of the sites. To receive your gift and enter the drawing, go to

What do I do when I have visited all the sites?

Follow this link to register for your prize: Please complete the form by 5 p.m. on Labor Day, 9/3/2018, in order to qualify for the gift and the drawing. Happy history trails!

Which sites are included in Passport to History?

  George Mason’s Gunston Hall
Hours: Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.
  Workhouse Arts Center
Hours: Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. Closed to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, and select holidays.
Admission: FREE

  Pohick Church
Hours: Open to the public daily. Tours offered from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on the first Saturday of the month. Tours outside these hours or tailored for 4th grade students are available upon advance request.
Admission: FREE, donations appreciated.
  Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House
Hours: Open Friday through Monday, 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. from April to December.
Admission: Prices vary according to whether you are visiting Woodlawn, the Pope-Leighey House, or both.

  The Gum Springs Museum
Hours: Open Monday-Friday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., also Tuesdays and Saturdays from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Keep checking, as the schedule will be expanding.
Admission fees apply to museum space. For more information, call (703) 375-9825.
  George Washington’s Mount Vernon
Hours: Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in April to October. Open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in November to March.
Admission: Passport holders receive a 25% DISCOUNT with the code “passport25.”
Adults (ages 12 and older): $20
Youth (ages 6 through 11): $12
Children (ages 5 and younger): Free

  Huntley Meadows and Historic Huntley
For additional information:
Visitor Center Hours for Huntley Meadows: Wednesday to Monday, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Closed Tuesdays.
Admission: FREE
Historic Huntley: Grounds open daily, dawn to dusk. The mansion is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays from the end of April to October. For details, see the Huntley Meadows Park site or call the park at (703) 768-2525.



What is American Evolution?

Passport to History is part of the American Evolution™ commemoration, exploring democracy, diversity, and opportunity in Virginia from 1619-2019. American Evolution™ commemorates the 400th anniversary of several key historical events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 and continue to influence America today. These events include the establishment of the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first recorded Africans to English North America, the recruitment of English women in significant numbers, as well as the first official English Thanksgiving in North America. For more information about American Evolution and other ways to join in, please visit

Exhibition: A Woman's Place

Global Woman

Women have always played a pivotal role at Gunston Hall, and A Woman’s Place explores some of their untold stories. This exhibition explores the daily life of 18th century women, both free and enslaved.

A Woman’s Place investigates the indispensable contributions of women on an 18th century plantation. Gunston Hall invites guests to discover the many of the facets of a woman’s experience in an era that documented mostly the accomplishments of men. Visitors will have an opportunity to connect with stories about partnerships, learning, leisure, family, and self-expression.

This exhibition opens on April 27, 2018.


Special Naturalization Ceremony

September 15, 2018
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Take part in welcoming America's newest citizens at Gunston Hall, as we partner with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Washington Office in naturalizing candidates.  Before the ceremony, take part craft activities and explore the grounds.  The ceremony is followed by a reception, and an opportunity to register to vote.

Admission is free until 1pm to all visitors.
Special Naturalization Ceremony


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!

Just for Educators - Teacher Workshop on the Bill of Rights

August 15, 2018
9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Ready to Register?

Just for Educators
Join staff from ConSource, the online constitutional sources project, and George Mason’s Gunston Hall for a day-long, hands-on exploration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and the Bill of Rights. 
In the morning, ConSource’s executive directorJulie Silverbrook, will introduce participants to classroom materials about the Bill of Rights and will lead a discussion on contemporary issues related to the document. 
After lunch, the group will do a close reading of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and practice activities designed to help students learn about this important part of the Virginia constitution.  

primary source documents, and much more!

This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required.  Lunch is offered for a fee, please email Lacey Villiva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your lunch.

Ready to Register?

ConSourceThis program is offered in partnership with the Constitutional Source Project, and is a part of the Choosing to Make a National Curriculum Project.  The Project, developed by award-winning author Ray Raphael, is a student-centered, primary source-rich approach to teaching about American history and our nation‘s founding documents. The lesson plans in this curriculum are premised on the idea that history is the chronicle of choices made by actors/agents/protagonists in specific contexts. Students understand choices – they make them all the time. These lessons involve students by placing them in the shoes of historical people and asking: “What might you do in such instances?”

The Constitutional Convention unit is now available for free download on the ConSource website. Other units will be published online once completed, and include: The Road to Revolution; The Declaration of Independence, The Revolutionary War; Articles of Confederation and State Constitutions; Ratification of the Constitution; the Bill of Rights; and the Constitution in Action.

Plan Your Day

George Mason's 18th-century home overlooks the Potomac River just 20 miles south of Washington, D.C. ,at 10709 Gunston Road in Mason Neck, Virginia. Parking is complimentary.

Educator check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., and the program is scheduled from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Participants are able to earn re-certification hours.  Just for Educators is open to teachers at all levels.

Register Now

To secure your spot, register online now.
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