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  • 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide


    December 12, 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide. Celebrate the season in another century. Experience the Great House and grounds as the Lees host their holiday festivities. 4:30-8:30 PM. $12 adults/$7 children, children 5 and under free. Christmas candlelight dinner by reservation....

    December 12 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • New Year’s Eve Dinner at the Inn at Stratford Hall

    Celebrate New Year's Eve with dinner at the Inn at Stratford Hall. Make your reservations now by calling 804-493-1966. Special lodging package available....

    December 31 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Winter Birding with Andrew Dolby: “Waterfowl and Other Overwintering Birds”


    Our popular program, Winter Birding with Andrew Dolby: “Waterfowl and Other Overwintering Birds,” begins with a presentation in the duPont Library followed by a bird walk to see waterfowl and other birds in their native habitats. $22. Pre-registration requested....

    January 9, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Stratford Hall staff to you! Here are some turkey photos from the #stratfordhall historic photo archive for #tbt. ...

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Are you breaking out the good china and polishing up the silver for your Thanksgiving table?

Knife and Fork
Possibly Robert Trickett, Sheffield, England
Silver and steel, 1773-1774
Courtesy of The Society of the Lees of Virginia [IL1996.8]
(On view in the Visitor Center's The Lees of Stratford Gallery)

The Lee family silver cleaning likely fell to one of the enslaved, indentured, or hired servants serving at table. While period housekeeping books may have offered recipes for polishes and other details, verbal instructions passed down among experienced staff likely provided the necessary methods.

"Put your Plate in some strong Lee [lye], made of Pearl-Ashes, wherein half an Ounce of Cream of Tartar, and the like Quantity of Allum has been disolved. Set it over the Fire, let it boil five or six Minutes; then take out your Plate, let it dry either in the Sun, or by a Fire, and afterwards rub it with a soft Leather and Ashes of burnt Wheat Straw. By this Means, the Plate looks like new, and remains so a long Time..." [Peregrine Montague, The Family Pocket-Book, London 1760, p. 55]

This knife and fork (presumably part of a larger service of dinner flatware) have a history of belonging to Richard Henry Lee and descended in his family.

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