Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall is an 18th-century Georgian mansion near the Potomac River in Mason Neck, Virginia, United States of America. The house was the home of the United States Founding Father George Mason. It was located at the center of a 5500 acre (22 km²) plantation. The construction period of Gunston Hall was between 1755 and 1759.

The interior of the house and its design was mostly the work of William Buckland, a carpenter/joiner and indentured servant from England. Buckland later went on to design several notable buildings in Virginia and Maryland. Both he and William Bernard Sears, another indentured servant, are believed to have created the ornate woodwork and interior carving. Gunston's interior design combines elements of rococo, chinoiserie, and Gothic styles, an unusual contrast to the tendency for simple decoration in Virginia at this time. Although chinoiserie was popular in Britain, Gunston Hall is the only house known to have had this decoration in colonial America. In 1792, Thomas Jefferson attended George Mason at his death bed at Gunston Hall. After Mason's death later that year, the house continued to be used as a residence for many years. In 1868, it was purchased by noted abolitionist and civil war Colonel Edward Daniels. It is now a museum owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and open to the public. The home and grounds were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966.

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... George died on 21 August 1834 at Gunston Hall at the age of 48 ... George and his second wife Eleanor are buried in the Mason family graveyard at Gunston Hall ... was the last member of the Mason family to inhabit Gunston Hall ...
Huntley (plantation) - History
... Mason's grandfather George Mason on 7 October 1792, his father Thomson inherited a portion of the Gunston Hall estate ... Okeley Manor in 1916, ending Mason family ownership of any of the original Gunston Hall property ...
Gunston Hall - As A Namesake
... Gunston Hall was the namesake of the USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5) launched in 1943, and the USS Gunston Hall (LSD-44) launched in 1987 ... Gunston Hall is also the namesake for Gunston Elementary School, in Lorton, Virginia, Gunston Middle School in Arlington, Virginia, as well as the former athletic mascot for George Mason University ...
USS Gunston Hall (LSD-5) - History - World War II
... intensive shakedown along the California coast Gunston Hall prepared to sail for the Western Pacific, where she was to participate in every major operation from February 1944 to the end of the war, 18 months later ... as well as 15 LVTs, 15 tanks, 17 LCMs, and 15,000 gallons of gasoline, Gunston Hall departed San Diego on 13 January 1944 ... Gunston Hall remained in the area to repair small craft until 6 February, when she reembarked her former passengers and equipment and sailed to Guadalcanal via Funa Futi ...

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