Is there something you have always wanted to know about George Mason? A burning question that has never quite been answered? We'd like to try to answer them for you over the course of our publishing year with the Blog. We'll do short posts based on the questions you ask us. Here's one as an example:
What is that ball and chain attached to the post in the Kitchen Yard?
The question is often asked with the thought that it might be a remnant of the institution of slavery at Gunston Hall. However, that is not the case, it is part of an old mechanism to automatically close a gate that no longer exists here at Gunston Hall. The chain was attached to the gate, and the weight would have swung the door closed as soon as it was released.