George Mason was instrumental in the framing of the United States government, but he shied away from public office and preferred, instead, to manage his plantation estate, Gunston Hall. Today, visitors can explore this 550 acre National Historic Landmark in Fairfax County, Virginia and tour Mason's home. Constructed in the 1750s, his house is an architectural gem, featuring elaborate interior design and carvings. The elegant antiques show the lifestyle of the Virginia gentry. Elaborate gardens, on-going archaeology, and farm animals round out the offerings.