Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Governor's budget included a provision that will allow the Executive Director to receive a higher salary, and the money will come from private donors.
The search for a new executive director for Gunston Hall Plantation can finally begin. The recently concluded 2013 Virginia General Assembly approved Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's budget, which includes a provision allowing the executive director to receive a portion of his salary from private donations. "The recruitment for executive director will begin now that the General Assembly's work has concluded," Interim-Executive Director Patrick Ladden told Patch. "It will be a nationwide search. A search committee is in place and the process will include advertising in major museum locations such as the American Alliance for Museums, American Association for State and Local History, American Historical Association and through state and other …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The new temporary boss at Gunston Hall Plantation has his hands full.
Patrick Ladden, who was named interim-Director of the 550-acre home of founding father George Mason in September, will lead the organization into the spring, and, perhaps, summer months as the Board of Regents hires his full-time replacement. "My intention is to stay at Gunston Hall for a brief period, until a replacement is here," Ladden told Patch from his office. "We can't continue to accept that lower attendance is the norm, and the way to do that is through more programming, better programming and better outreach to schools. And I'd say we're already doing a fantastic job of preservation here. That mansion is fantastic, and this property is beautiful." Ladden, who currently teaches museum management at the Corcoran College of Art and…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Mason Neck tradition continues at the home of George Mason.
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- James Cullum
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 …