Lorton in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Gunston Hall / Pohick Bay Regional Park and Golf Course
The house and grounds convey the measured pace of an 18th century colonial plantation and the underlying grace of Southern hospitality. This is a setting of a simple dignity, of quiet orderliness from which "a Virginia planter" (as George Mason sometimes signed his writings) could discern and describe enduring guidance for a new nation. It is quintessentially Virginian, evoking a sense of a family generations and, no less a historical "moment" whose profound implications are still felt today.
Gunston Hall was a 5,500-acre tobacco and corn plantation, worked by slaves and indentured servants, and owned by George Mason IV (1725-92). A fourth-generation Virginian, Mason helped propel the state into the forefront of the movement for American independence alongside his neighbor and fellow statesman, George Washington.
Mason is perhaps best known for authoring the Virginia Constitution and the highly influential Virginia Declaration of Rights, the latter of which was echoed in the opening lines of the Declaration Independence. It stated that all men are "by nature equally free
Gunston Hall, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed from the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.
Pohick Bay Regional Park and Golf Course
Exploring this park of more than 1,000 acres is to experience the richness of outdoor pursuits, whether you relish the familiar feel of a fishing pole or a golf club in your hands. You can also discover the excitement of Pirate's Cove Waterpark, or take a leisurely walk through mature forest in search of the elusive great-crested flycatcher. How about a moonlight tour of the bay by Kayak before retiring to your campsite? Whether you come for a day or longer, it's time to play!
Erected by Gunston Hall, the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, and the Commonwealth of Virginia; NOVA Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgriculture • Civil Rights • Landmarks • Parks & Recreational Areas • War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the National Historic Landmarks, and the NOVA Parks series lists.
Location. 38° 41.004′ N, 77° 12.559′ W. Marker is in Lorton, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Gunston Road (Virginia Route 242) 0.2 miles south of Old Colchester Road (Virginia Route 611), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 10206 Gunston Rd, Lorton VA 22079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge / Explore a Trail Network (here, next to this marker); Welcome to Mason Neck! (a few steps from this marker); Indian Attack (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lewis Chapel / Cranford Memorial Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gunston Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lewis Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Joseph W. Jordan (approx. one mile away); In the Footsteps of History (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lorton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 8, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2022, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.