|This plantation, open for tours, was the home of the Revolutionary patriot George Mason. It is an outstanding example of Georgian architecture in the United States. Although the architect is unknown, the beautiful interior carvings were designed by the talented indentured servant William Buckland.|
Views of the frontAccording to G. E. Kidder Smith, Buckland was also responsible for the "two unusual porches" (607). (See Chinese-inspired back porch below.)
Views of the back (Potomac River side)
The back porch
Views of the sides
The boxwood gardens have been restored; scholars believe that the central allée had been planted during Mason's residence. Today, Gunston Hall is a 550-acre National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Left: back from the garden; center and right: the gardens
DependenciesServants, craftsmen and their families lived on the plantation; most of these workers were enslaved African Americans.
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