Events & Programs

  • SquirreLee 5K & Fun Run (Cancelled)

    Join us on October 21 at 9 a.m. for our first SquirreLee 5K & Fun Run! Register now to participate in this first-time event.

    October 21 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Stratford Hall After Dark

    Join us for a fun and spooky time on Saturday, October 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. Ages 14 & up $14; ages 6-13 $9; ages 5 & under free. Pre-register for the "flashlight tours" of the historic area before they are filled! See event page for details.

    October 28 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 2017 Robert E. Lee Symposium

    Plan to attend this year's Robert E. Lee Symposium on November 3 & 4; featured lecturer is Dr. Allen C. Guelzo of Gettysburg College, who will focus on Lee in the Mexican War; register now!

    November 3 @ 5:30 pm - November 4 @ 11:30 am

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Today in 1792 the cornerstone of the "President's Palace"...aka the White House...was laid. It took 8 years to complete the structure designed by Irish-American architect James Hoban. A little known fact is that Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee contracted with Hoban to furnish timber for the construction. Stratford trees were cut and rafted up the Potomac River to build the first White House that was burned by the British in 1814. ...

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The Mary Washington-Stratford Hall field school work in the West Yard yielded a variety of artifacts and features that have helped us more fully understand the use of the area west of the main house.

Some of the artifacts unearthed in the field school excavations have since found a home in display boxes within the Southwest Outbuilding's exhibits. Here you can find a wine bottle base (one of the largest quantity of finds during the digs were wine bottle shards!), as well as ceramic sherds and evidence of personal effects such as pipe stems, buttons, and marbles.


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