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About the Basin: Gunston Hall

Gunston Hall

June 3, 2022

Trees on either side of a path at Gunston Hall, Lorton, Va.

Photo credit: Craig Fildes, Flickr

If you like your hiking with a healthy serving of history, then George Mason’s Gunston Hall is the place for you. The Founding Father’s home is situated along Gunston Cove where Pohick and Accotink Creek meet the Potomac River along the Virginia shoreline. This area is the native land of both the Piscataway and Doeg tribes.

Gunston Hall may not have the grandeur of other Founding Father’s homes, but it also doesn’t have the crowds and traffic. It is a low-key experience that is rich in history and nature. Purchase a $5 pass to explore the grounds which portray the high stature of George Mason with graceful European-style landscaping. A $10 pass will get you access to both the museum and the grounds, which are open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

The website offers short snippets to read or listen to while you wonder the grounds. Up for exploration is the kitchen, the dairy, the laundry facilities, the quarters where enslaved people lived, the school house, and more. After traveling through history, enjoy a little nature by choosing one of the three short hiking trails. The Bluebird trail takes you on a tour of the bluebird boxes, while the Bluff Trail and River Trail are a bit more difficult but offer beautiful views of the Gunston cove and the Potomac River.

Summer Saturdays at the hall provide a themed event with a different theme each Saturday. These drop-in days hold archaeology, gardening, food, and other historical programs.

Looking for more activities in the area? Gunston Hall is near Mason Neck Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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ICPRB’s Quarterly Business Meeting to be held June 14

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB) will hold its 3rd-quarter business meeting on June 14, 2022.  The meeting will begin at 9:45 a.m. The Section for Cooperative Water Supply Operations on the Potomac (CO-OP) will begin at 8:30 a.m.

During the business meeting, the Commissioners will get an update on ICPRB recent activities and learn more about the current and historical moves to allow swimming in the Potomac River.

The draft agenda and historical meeting documents can be found on the Business Meetings page.

The meeting will be virtual. Members of the public who wish to view the proceedings should Contact Us no later than close-of-business on Friday, June 10, for a registration link.

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Water Supply Outlook for May

The May Water Supply Outlook for the Washington metropolitan area is now available, as are updated links to flow graphics and other information. There is an above-normal probability of releases from the Washington metropolitan area’s back-up water supply reservoirs for the 2022 summer and fall seasons. The average rain for the past 12-months was 5.6 inches below normal. The recent rain has helped improve that number.

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Join us: Spring into Nutrient Management in the Potomac Basin Webinar

Join ICPRB for our upcoming Webinar: Spring into Nutrient Management in the Potomac Basin on, May 20, 12-1pm.

Panelists will share information related to on-the-ground nutrient management for urban and landscaping practices, recommendations for homeowners, and innovations in agricultural nutrient management.  Presentations will be followed by Q&A with participants. 

The webinar is being hosted by the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin as part of the implementation of the Potomac Basin Comprehensive Water Resources Plan and will feature a panel of speakers from Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional Program, the Frederick News Post Community Garden, and the University of Maryland College Park. 

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Lettuce plants in a community garden.