Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The ideal salary will be six figures.
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has included a provision in his budget that will allow the future executive director of Gunston Hall Plantation to receive a portion of his salary from private donors. As it stands, the Board of Regents, who oversee the former home of George Mason, are finding it difficult to find suitable candidates for the open position, due to a salary cap of just more than $80,000 a year. The exact salary that the Regents want for the position has not been made publicly known. "We know that since Northern Virginia is more expensive than many other places in the country, that to attract the right applicant you probably have to offer a better salary," said Gunston Hall interim director Patrick Ladden. "The anticipation is…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Mason Neck tradition continues at the home of George Mason.
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Monday, December 10, 2012
George Mason would have been proud. On Saturday, Gunston Hall celebrated Christmas in a style befitting the 18th century. As carols were heard in the background, guests sipped warm cider, went on hayrides, toured the mansion and ate 18th century food. "The winter holiday was really a time for dinners, parties, fox hunts and it was a religious holiday," said Gunston Hall interim Director Patrick Ladden to Patch. "It was not celebrated the same way that it is today." Gunston Hall was outfitted on Saturday to look exactly as it did in 1775, sans a Christmas tree or stockings hanging from the hearth. George Mason was 50 (and recently took George Washington's place at the Third Virginia Convention in Richmond), and the affairs of the …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Take our Patch Poll and tell us what you think.
David Reese, the controversial director of Gunston Hall, has been fired by the Board of Regents, it was announced this week. Details are emerging, and this much is sure—the home of George Mason will be seeing some changes. Gunston Hall announced the ouster in a short email: "The Board of Regents of Gunston Hall, Lorton VA, announces that David Reese will no longer be serving as director of the historic landmark. Mark Whatford has been named acting director. First Regent Wylie Raab acknowledged Reese’s contributions to the preservation and restoration of Gunston Hall." The decision to fire Reese was made in a meeting of the Regents over the weekend. The Regents are members of the Colonial Dames of America and have overseen management of …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Take our poll: Will this fix perceived problems? Proposal spells out specifics on management, appointment of director
It was about this time last year when the director of Gunston Hall, David Reese, set off a firestorm when he terminated the historic home's longtime education director. The place hasn't been the same since. Last year, a group of Gunston Hall volunteers, led by former Del. Jim Dillard,traveled to Richmond during the legislative session and spoke with state Sen. Linda "Toddy" Puller (D-36th District) and Del. Dave Albo (R-42nd District) about concerns they had regarding the management of Gunston Hall. After much hand-wringing last year over how administration of the historic property is handled, including a packed town hall-style meeting, the two state lawmakers have stepped in this week to propose legislation that may tighten the way the …
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Marker E-80 is on Gunston Road near Route 1.
A few weeks back Mason Neck resident Linda Staples asked for additional details relating to the "Indian Attack" historical marker near the intersection of Gunston Road and Old Colchester Road. Historical Marker E-80, set along Gunston Road less than a mile east of Route 1, commemorates an Indian attack that occurred on Sunday, June 16, 1700. According to the record on page 13 of A Guidebook to Virginia's Historical Markers, compiled by Scott Arnold, "Certain Unknown Indians" attacked the house of Thomas Barton at about 3 p.m., killing eight people with arrows and tomahawks. The Guidebook notes that "The Indians involved probably were angered by colonial encroachment on their land, and may have been encouraged by the French." After the …