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? [Arrange sites in two columns, if possible. Order matches order in passport though, so try to maintain that.]

  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.


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.


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!

Writing Workshop

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

$15 Registration

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.

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