Twenty-four miles south of Washington D.C., in Lorton, Virginia is Gunston Hall, the home of George Mason. George Mason was the author of Virginia’s Bill of Rights which was the basis for America’s Declaration of Independence, the U. S. Bill of Rights, and other pro-humanitarian documents around the world. Gunston Hall was originally constructed between 1755 and 1759, as a 5,500 acre tobacco and corn plantation. Today it is a 550 acre National Historic Landmark owned by the Commonwealth of Virginia and administered by a Board of Regents appointed by The National Society of Colonial Dames of America. Gunston Hall teaches visitors about George Mason’s domestic and political life as well as the lives of his family and slaves on this 18th century plantation. Currently the site is undergoing restoration and preservation to return it to the original format.