Events & Programs

  • Forum on Racial Understanding: American Denial

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    Join us in the duPont Library at 10 a.m. on March 25 to view the film American Denial, followed by discussion. FREE to the public. Suggested age for viewing and participation is 13 years and up.

    March 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Flower Arranging Inspiration


    On Wednesday, April 12, join experts Poohdie Miller and Kathy Hendricks for a fun and inspiring day of flower arranging for special occasions. Morning, afternoon and all-day sessions available. Registration required. See program description for costs.

    April 12 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Easter Egg Hunt


    April 15 Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by NN Lodge 32 Fraternal Order of Police. FREE for participants and parents/guardians. Hunt begins 11 AM sharp on the Oval so get here early. Prizes and food. Bring own basket - eggs are provided. No rain date.

    April 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Everyday objects continue to help us understand the intertwined worlds of Stratford's residents, from the 18th century through the early 20th century. This collection highlight is one of a group of known objects that made its way from Stratford into the surrounding community and then back again...

Stratford, Virginia
Beech and iron, before 1934
Gift of James Marmaduke [1934.003]
(On view in the Kitchen outbuilding)

This large mortar was used for the pulverizing of corn, hominy, or other foodstuff. Although you may not be able to tell, the mortar stands 35 inches (almost three feet) high. The pestle used to do the actual grinding is unfortunately missing (the mortar was donated without a pestle as far as we can tell).

The donor was a close neighbor to Stratford and according to the object file, the mortar was actually made from a beech tree off Stratford's property. The mortar is one of a group of utilitarian objects associated with Stratford that were given to the museum shortly after it opened to the public. We continue to learn more about the residents and workers of Stratford during the 19th century and utilitarian objects such as this help illustrate those stories.

To learn more about the Payne family, one of the resident families of Stratford, visit

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Come visit Stratford Hall's booth at the Richmond kids expo at the Richmond International Raceway! We'll be here until 4! ...

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