Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall, Home of George Mason, 10709 Gunston Road, Mason Neck, Virginia

Gunston Hall, Home of George Mason, Mason Neck, Virginia

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Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall, the plantation home of George Mason, is another Northern Virginia historic site which does not get the visitors it deserves.  Situated only a few miles south of Mount Vernon to the east of Route 1 on Mason Neck, it does not get anywhere near the number of visitors of its illustrious neighbor to the north.

The following is from the Gunston Hall web-site:

Gunston Hall was once the center of a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation. Its owner, George Mason IV (1725-1792), was a fourth generation Virginian who became a senior statesman and one of the era’s most influential figures. As author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, Mason was among the first to call for such fundamental American liberties as religious toleration and freedom of the press. Thomas Jefferson once referred to Mason as “a man of the first order of wisdom.”

Mason’s home, constructed between 1755 and 1759, is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture.  The elaborate carvings of the interior, designed by indentured servant William Buckland, are among the finest creations of artisans working in Colonial Virginia. Mason’s “regular” garden, south of the mansion, features the original configuration of gravel pathways, a 250 year old boxwood allée, massive earthen terraces, and vistas of the Deer Park leading to the Potomac River and Maryland shore beyond.

Today, Gunston Hall is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia

Photography is not allowed inside the plantation house but there are still some excellent opportunities to capture this perfect example of the symmetrical design which was so important to the Georgian Architecture of the time.  There are also some interesting buildings around the main plantation with exhibits of plantation life during the colonial era.  This shot was captured from the edge of the boxwood allée and shows the rear of the plantation house.

Click here to learn more about George Mason



  1. Wonderful shot Mark. Well composed with nice colors and leading line. Love the history too…

  2. Adam Allegro

    Awesome post and shot. I had no idea this was even there. Might have to take a visit next time I am on the East Coast.

  3. Beautiful composition Mark. Terrific post.

  4. What a great post, Mark. Your processing on this is simply outstanding!
    I always enjoy these post with a historic reference. Well done, man.

  5. Awesome building, love the lines and symetry.

  6. Great shot. I like the leading line of the pathway to the front door.

  7. Great image. The ever so slightly off-center setup still highlights the symmetry while creating a touch more interest.

  8. Hmm. Left a comment this morning, seems to have disappeared. Anyway, love the shot. I said something more this morning – can’t remember what, but cheers!

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