Did you know there is a national memorial near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial dedicated to George Mason, one of America’s Founding Fathers?
If you aren’t familiar with George Mason, you are not alone. He is one of the oft forgotten historical figures and, on some of the tours I’ve been on, it has been suggested this was because he was steadfast in his beliefs and did not go along with some of the other Founding Fathers. Especially when it came time to sign the U.S. Constitution.
Even though history perhaps hasn’t always recognized his contributions very prominently, they are of importance. Mason penned the Virginia Declaration of Rights which had inspired Thomas Jefferson as he was writing the Declaration of Independence. Mason’s writings also served as a model for the U.S. Bill of Rights, French Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen and the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Mason’s memorial is not like some of the other memorials which are grand structures but has a more subtle design.
10 fun facts about the George Mason Memorial
Additionally, George Mason’s home has been preserved for the public to visit and learn more about his life and property. It is located about 30 miles south of the District. You can learn more about visiting Mason’s home on an earlier post I wrote. I invite you to visit this post if you want to learn more about him or see photos of the property.