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.
Ann and George Mason each came from well-established and prominent families. They had nine children who lived to be adults.
Two of the Mason sons, George and John, both spent time in France. George was there to improve his poor health. John was in France to establish business connections. He and his father hoped that after the war, they would trade more with France and less with Great Britain.
Nancy filled in as the household manager after her mother died and before her father married Sarah Brent. One of Nancy's daughters died very young. Sarah Brent Mason joined the family when she was in her late 40s. She lived at Gunston Hall until George, Sr. died. We do not know why she left or where she went for the end of her life.