Gunston Hall Offers History, Events and – on the 13th – Wine

Gunston Hall

Pretty on the inside: Gunston Hall’s relatively mundane facade conceals a decorative interior noted for its elaborate furnishings and ornate carvings. (Rob Shenk via Flickr)

There are probably quite a few people in the metro area who like a glass or two (or three, four, five?) of wine to unwind after a hard day at work, or maybe to get the party started – or keep it going – on a fun night out.

Well, I’m no connoisseur, but I know some people who are, and I know when and where they’re gathering.

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On April 13, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Gunston Hall, once the home of American patriot George Mason, there will be a Wine Festival. That’s what it’s called, not the Gunston Hall Wine Festival, not the George Mason Wine Festival, but the Wine Festival. And that’s OK; they can call it whatever they want. This is a swell place.

We don’t write much about Lorton on here, so I thought it might be nice to send a shout-out (though Gunston Hall is located in unincorporated Mason Neck, it still has a Lorton ZIP code). And if you have to ask, yes, there are apartments in Lorton we’d like you to rent.

View Larger Map Gunston Hall
10709 Gunston Rd.
Mason Neck, VA 22709

The Wine Festival will feature wines from Veramar Vinyard of Berryville, Va., which is sending a wine specialist to discuss the featured wines, of which there’ll be five or six to sample. And of course, the vineyard will just happen to have those same reds and whites for sale as well. It’s $25 to attend/$20 for Friends of Gunston Hall (I know, I know, if you’re a Friend of Gunston Hall, you already know about the Wine Festival).

What do you get for your 25 smackers? A lip-smacking quaff of your favorite festival wine, hors d’oeuvres – some of which will be 18th-cenury style – and a souvenir glass.

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The event will take place outdoors in their courtyard, but in case of some spring chill, they’ll have heaters around. Either way, if it’s a bit cold, dress appropriately. Of course, if there’s inclement weather, you’ll be indoors, so don’t worry. This is a 21 and over event.

Have a look around on the site; Gunston Hall and the surrounding area are worth a visit on their own. Reality TV and the watering holes will still be there tomorrow. Treat yourself to some wine and history on April 13.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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