Near Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
What Lies Beneath
In 1922, a small group reclaimed the overgrown area by planting the cedar trees and building the brick wall around a few surviving headstones. These early preservationists hoped to protect the old markers from future damage, including the original box tomb of Ann Eilbeck Mason. The volunteers guessed the original layout of the cemetery.
Today, we know a lot more. Gunston Hall learned this graveyard covers 13,200 square-feet to the north and west by using three scientific technologies:
-ground penetrating radar,
-electromagnetic conductivity, and
These scanning techniques located at least 23 other adults inside the enclosure and more than 70 outside. However, this scan did not detect two infant gravesites, which appear in historic documents.
Mason ordered a pair of matching limestone tombs from England for himself and his first wife, Ann.
He installed his wife's at this new family burial ground after her death on March 9, 1773, while his own tomb stayed in storage in Alexandria. When George Mason died on October 7, 1792, the stone box had disappeared. It was never brought to Gunston Hall. Today. Mason's tomb is an exact copy of his wife's, made in 1960.
Who Else Is Buried Here?
Further research may reveal the identities or occupations of these once forgotten individuals.
All Gunston Hall residents lived through the same life experiences of birth, mourning, marriage, and re-marriage. How did enslaved people at Gunston Hall commemorate their dead? Were enslaved people buried in this area, near Mason family members? We do not know.
Erected by George Mason's Guston Hall.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Colonial Era.
Location. 38° 39.756′ N, 77° 9.677′ W. Marker is near Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Gunston Road (Virginia Route 242) south of Springfield Drive, on the left when traveling south. This Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10709 Gunston Road, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Organizing Nature (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); A “Considerable Force” (about 700 feet away); “Resources within Themselves” (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shiloh Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Belvoir Military Railroad Historic Corridor (approx. 2 miles away); ‘Thermo-Con’ House (approx. 2 miles away); Belvoir Grounds and Potomac View Trail (approx. 2 miles away); The Birth of a River (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
Also see . . . George Mason’s Gunston Hall. (Submitted on May 13, 2019.)
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