Welcome to Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall, built ca. 1755-59, was the plantation home of George Mason, founding father and principal author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. His call for freedom of the press, tolerance of religion, and other individual rights inspired many seminal freedom documents worldwide, including the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Bill of Rights, and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Georgian-style mansion features some of the finest 18th-century ornamental architecture in the country, with exquisite interiors largely designed by Mason’s indentured London carpenter William Buckland and intricately hand carved by William Bernard Sears.

Guided Mansion tours are offered every 30 minutes; guests may also explore the outbuildings, museum exhibits, gift shop, and 550 acres of meadows, woodlands and nature trails.

The Mission of Gunston Hall is to utilize fully the physical and scholarly resources of Gunston Hall to stimulate continuing public exploration of democratic ideals as first presented by George Mason in the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.

Directions to Gunston Hall


Address: Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, VA 22079

Traveling From Richmond, Fredericksburg, and other points South

From Interstate 95 take Exit #161 onto Route 1 North. Turn right at the first light onto Gunston Road (SR 242). The Gunston Hall entrance is 3.5 miles on the left.

Traveling From Washington, Baltimore, and other points North

From Interstate 95 take Exit #163. Turn left onto Lorton Road. Turn right at the third light onto Lorton Market Street. Lorton Market Street becomes Gunston Cove Road, and after crossing Richmond Highway (Route 1) it becomes Gunston Road. The Gunston Hall entrance is 3.5 miles on the left.

From Mount Vernon via the George Washington Parkway

From the Mount Vernon entrance continue South on 235. Turn left on Route 1 and continue South for 5.4 miles. Turn left onto Gunston Road (SR 242). The Gunston Hall entrance is 3.5 miles on the left.