Gunston Hall

Wreath Making Workshop

December 12, 2018
10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Boxwood Allee at Gunston Hall

Join us at Gunston Hall for a special wreath making workshop.  We'll be making traditional boxwood wreaths from materials collected right here at Gunston Hall in our historic garden.  Let us help you get your holiday season started with this amazing opportunity to meet other history enthusiasts and take home a wreath to decorate your door.

Refreshments are included in the ticket price for each session.  In the morning, we'll have breakfast snacks and seasonal warm beverages.  At the evening session, sip on an alcoholic beverage crafted from an 18th century recipe and nibble on hors d'ouevres.

Registration Fee: $50, $40 for Friends of Gunston Hall

If you are already a Friend of Gunston Hall, and haven't received your discount code, please contact Lacey Villiva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Friend, please visit

Register online, or call 703-550-9220.




What’s Happening at Gunston Hall: Construction

Between September 2018 and February 2019, the Visitor Center at Gunston Hall will be under renovation to enhance the experience for our visitors and continue the preservation of our collections. Over the course of the project, the building will be getting new windows and doors, a new roof, and many behind-the-scenes updates. This page is up-to-date with current progress and how the renovations will affect to your visit.

From October 2018 to February 2018 the exhibit spaces in the Visitor Center will be closed for construction. The Mansion and museum shop will remain open for visitors throughout the renovation.

Gunston Hall is offering special “Construction” pricing for regular visitation days. Public programs and special events will retain their regular listed price.

Special Construction Pricing:

Adults $8
Seniors $7
AAA/Retired Military $7
Groups $7
Children, 5-18 $4
Children under 5 Complimentary
Friends of Gunston Hall Complimentary
Grounds Pass $5

If you have any questions regarding the renovations or how they will affect your visit, please call 703-550-9220 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.


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

Museum Shop Holiday Preview Party

November 8, 2018
2-6:30 p.m.

Holiday Preview PartyEat, Drink, and Be Merry at George Mason’s Gunston Hall annual Museum Shop preview party! Kick off the holiday season with us as we unveil this year's holiday merchandise throughout the Museum Shop. Receive up to 30% off your entire purchase while snacking on light refreshments as you shop local. Complimentary gift wrapping will also be available. We look forward to seeing you and a friend at this festive free event!
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