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History With a Side of Canine Companionship

History With a Side of Canine Companionship

Here at the Colgan Team, we consider our pets family. How about you? A few years back we wrote about ways to have fun and bond with your dog, and we listed some of the best dog parks in the area. But hanging at the dog park isn’t the only option for you and your pooch to get out and spend time together.

We’re lucky to live in such an historic area — an area rich in momentous homes and remarkable sites. You may not typically think of soaking in history with your dog, but we suggest you do just that! While dogs are not welcome inside most of the homes and buildings, you’re encouraged to tour the grounds, trails, and gardens with your pup. You know he loves to explore, so leash him up and hit the historic trails!

Dog-Friendly Historic Sites

Gunston Hall

Located in Lorton, Gunston Hall is the home of George Mason, author of the Virginia Declaration of Rights and a framer of the Constitution. Pets and their owners can enjoy the grounds together. Pack a picnic, walk the river trail, and attend public programs and special events. Gunston Hall is open year-round, with grounds closing at 6 p.m. daily.


This lovely home of James Madison, father of the Constitution and our fourth president of the United States, offers beautiful sites and rich history. Leashed pets are welcome on the grounds. Dogs and their owners can soak in the 3.9-mile Montpelier-Grelen Trails and five additional miles of trails. You can also check out the impressive archaeological dig, restorations, and gorgeous gardens. Montpelier is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mount Vernon

George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon, is one of the nation’s most famous and popular historic sites, and it’s nearly in our own backyards! What many don’t know is that leashed pets are welcomed in many areas of the estate. You’ll even find water bowls set out to keep your dog hydrated! For a unique tour of the grounds, visit on certain Saturdays and take part in “All the President’s Pups Walking Tour” where you’ll learn the canine history of the site along with a 1.25-mile walk.

Morven Park

This lovely home in Leesburg belonged to Westmoreland Davis, Governor of Virginia from 1918 – 1922. The estate also features 1,100 acres of fields, gardens, horse facilities and wooded paths. Leash up your pup and get ready to hike the grounds! The grounds of Morven Park are open daily year-round.

Stratford Hall

This historic home is the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. It sits on 1,900 acres of farmlands and wooded land overlooking the gorgeous Potomac River. You and your dog can enjoy nature trails, check out the gristmill and stroll through the well-planned and maintained gardens.

So take advantage of these beautiful spring and summer days with your dog, and check out the unique history surrounding us. Our location is one to soak in and explore!


Chris Colgan is the CEO and Team Leader of the Chris Colgan Real Estate Team. Chris was born and raised in Gainesville, Virginia and has been in real estate for 10 years. He is a member of the Re/Max Hall of Fame and is in the top 25 for sales in the state of Virginia out of all Re/Max agents. He has been recognized as one of the United States’ and Canada’s Top 500 Marketing Experts by the National Association of Expert Advisors.

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