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10:00 AM Guided walk: Lexington Plantation Rediscovered

  • 31 Mar 2018
  • 10:00 AM
  • Mason Neck State Park, Lorton VA 22079
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Registration

  • Due to site limitations, registration for each walk is limited to 25 participants. Participants must be current Members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park or a guest at least 12 years old (limit of one guest per registered Member. You can join the Friends, or renew your membership, at the "Join Us" tab on this website.

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Did you know that Mason Neck State Park is the site of George Mason's plantation?  No, we're not talking about Gunston Hall.  Lexington Plantation was the home of George Mason V, the son of George Mason IV who owned Gunston Hall. The plantation included a "spacious and elegant dwelling-house,” gardens, orchards, dairy, smokehouse, blacksmith shop, office, ice-house, and well. Over the years, Lexington faded from memory and eventually became traces in the ground, which can still be seen today.


 


Members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park have a rare opportunity to tour the archaeological site of Lexington Plantation, which is in an area of the park that is normally closed to visitors, on a guided walk on March 31.  We will see and learn about the clues preserved on the site -- the topography, historic landscape, house, outbuildings, and views of 225 years ago.  We'll also discuss issues and challenges of investigating and preserving this hidden historic gem.


This guided walk is available only to members of the Friends of Mason Neck State Park.  Each member may bring one additional guest who is at least 12 years old. We will have two walks on March 31 -- at 10:00 and 1:30.  The walk is limited to 25 participants, so sign up soon before it fills up!  There is no fee for this event, which is provided as one of the benefits of membership in the Friends group.  If you haven't joined the Friends, or your membership has lapsed, you can join here.  


The  half-mile walk into the site is of moderate difficulty, with some slope. There is no designated trail, and you will have to negotiate some brambles and fallen trees. Please wear sturdy shoes/boots, long sleeves, long pants, and layers. Bring tick/insect repellent with DEET and drinking water.


We will provide the registrants details on where to meet a week or so before the event.  



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