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Gunston Hall Plantation


Plantation photo

Gunston Hall is a colonial estate in Fairfax County, Va., about 15 miles down the Potomac River from Alexandria and not far from Mount Vernon. Built between 1755 and 1758, it is a representative piece of Virginia's colonial architecture and has been designated a national shrine. Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason, one of Virginia's outstanding Revolutionary figures. In addition to serving in the Constitutional Convention, Mason was prominent in drafting the first constitution of Virginia and was the author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which served as the prototype for the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution of the United States. You may visit the plantation which is now a National Historic Landmark.




Gunstone photo



The original Gunston Hall is located in Codsall, Staffordshire, England. At first it was called "Gunstone Hall" which is the name of a small hamlet nearby. The building dates back to the 15th century and was originally owned by a cousin of George Mason. George Mason came to Virginia after the defeat of Charles II in the Battle of Worcester in 1651. The picture shows the part of the original that survives which today functions as a livery. The photo and history were provided by Jackie LaRaia of the Gunston Hall estate. More information is available at: gunstonhall.org.

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