As you may have heard, the recently released White House budget blueprint calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and a host of other agencies.
For fifty years, the NEH and NEA have supported programs like those of VFH - including Encyclopedia Virginia. These programs reach nearly every American with opportunities to understand, to discover new perspectives, to reflect and engage.
We need your help NOW to urge members of Congress to preserve the vital work of these agencies. All it takes is a few phone calls. And believe it or not, it matters. Learn more...
The formal dining room at Gunston Hall is painted a bright yellow ochre with chinoiserie details. Chinese-style ornamentation was popular in Great Britain in the 1700s, but was virtually unknown in America.
The formal, Palladian-style room in Gunston Hall features rococo woodwork. Two gifted English indentured servants, carpenter and joiner William Buckland and master carver William Bernard Sears, were responsible for the interior work, helping to make Gunston Hall one of the finest homes in colonial America.