George Mason Memorial

Overview

The George Mason Memorial, dedicated on April 9, 2002, honors the little known but widely felt contributions of an important founding father. Born in 1725, George Mason wrote the Virginia Declaration of Rights and later attended the Constitutional Convention in 1787. The memorial is located in West Potomac Park near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial.

The public may visit the George Mason Memorial 24 hours a day. Rangers for this area may be found at the nearby Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

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Seasonality / Weather

Washington has a temperate climate typical of the Mid-Atlantic U.S., with four distinct seasons. Summer tends to be very hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild. Winter can bring cold temperatures, frozen precipitation and, on occasions, major snowstorms.

Directions

Driving: 

Interstate 395 provides access to The Mall from the south. Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek and Potomac Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and the Cabin John Parkway provide access from the north. Interstate 66, U.S. Routes 50 and 29 provide access from the west. U.S. Routes 50, 1, and 4 provide access from the east.

George Mason Memorial is part of the National Mall and Memorial Parks. The memorial stands in West Potomac Park, near the intersection of Ohio Drive and East Basin Drive, SW. In terms of placement, the memorial occupies a highly symbolic and important position on the National Mall, within sight of the more prominent tributes to two of Mason's Virginia contemporaries, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Flying: 

Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transport: 

The nearest Metro station to this site is Smithsonian at 12th Street and Independence Avenue, SW. It is highly recommended that you make use of the efficient public transit system (Metro rail and Metro bus) as well as Tourmobile, the official interpretive visitor transportation service for the National Mall and Memorial Parks.