Gunston Hall is s. off US 1 via SR 242 to 10709 Gunston Rd. George Mason, the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights of 1776 and one of the framers of the U.S. Constitution, designed and lived in this 1755 brick Georgian residence. A visitor center offers an 11-minute orientation film called “George Mason and the Bill of Rights.”
English architect William Buckland also designed many elements in the home, including a variety of woodcarvings. The English and American furnishings are from the 18th century and earlier. Guided tours are given of the main floor; visitors may take a self-guiding tour of the second-story bedrooms and grounds.
Next to the main house are such reconstructed outbuildings as the kitchen, laundry, dairy, smokehouse and schoolhouse. The 18th-century gardens contain an original English boxwood allée, reconstructed pebble pathways and viewing mounds. Deer and eagle sightings are possible from a nature trail leading to the Potomac River.