Gunston Hall is the 1750s home of Ann and George Mason. More than one hundred others--enslaved people, tenant farmers, indentured servants, and wage workers--also lived there. Today, Gunston Hall is a historic site and museum dedicated to stimulating the exploration and understanding of the principles expressed by George Mason in one of America's first rights documents: the 1776 Virginia Declaration of Rights.
George Mason played a critical role in the development of American rights. Now, Gunston Hall invites visitors to explore his ideas, weigh his choices, and discover his actions through our newest exhibition, Revolutionary Rights. This exhibition, located in our newly refurbished Visitor Center, features activities and opportunities for discovery for guests of all ages. Learn how Mason built off the work of others and developed his own ideas about fundamental rights. Print a broadside with the rights you think are most important, or discover how different individuals experienced Mason's ideas. Explore his decision to deny freedom to enslaved workers while he created a bedrock of American liberty. Consider how your actions and choices expand upon Mason's work. However you choose to explore, Revolutionary Rights will help you understand George Mason, the origins of American rights, and the power of ideas, choices, and actions.