Okay he didn't exactly join me for a cup of coffee but he did say all of us could stop by his house to soak in a little fall sunshine and history.
Gunston Hall was the home of George Mason IV one of the fathers of the Bill of Rights and at one point encompassed 5500 hundred acres. The home was completed in 1759 and was George Mason's home up until his death in 1792. George Mason was a fourth generation Virginian with family roots that go back to arrival in Norfolk Virginia in 1652.
George Mason's influence in buildings can also be seen close by at Pohick Church in Lorton where he and two other famous Virginian's, George Washington and George Washington Fairfax helped design. If you look closely at the corner details of both buildings you will see interesting similiarities of brick and stone work.
Today the home is open for public tours throughout the year. Tour hours are from 9:30 AM-5PM and last about 45 minutes. A visitor center offers a glimpse into life during George Mason's time period.
If you want to join me for a quiet cup of coffee in the morning at Gunston Hall just give me a call. There are picnic tables nestled in the trees outside of the visitors center where we can sit and chat about Northern Virginia history.
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