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A Reflection on the Passage of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791

The name George Mason is not one that many Americans outside our region would recognize, but his place in our nation's history is of immeasurable importance, especially on December 15 of each year when we recognize Bill of Rights Day.

Mason was a plantation owner who made his home at Gunston Hall, one of Northern Virginia's loveliest historic homes, which stands in close proximity to Mount Vernon, former home of George Washington. Mason and Washington were neighbors and close friends for most of their lives until political differences drove them apart late in life. [more...]