Events & Programs


  • Stratford Under Our Feet with Dr. Robert Weems

    Join us on June 10, 2017, for Stratford Under Our Feet with paleontologist Robert Weems for a lecture/field exploration of the geology of the Miocene-era Stratford Cliffs. $55 per person (age 13 and older); pre-registration required; 9:30 AM - 4 PM

    June 10 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Living Wreaths: Unique Home Decorations Workshop

    Have fun making a living wreath with floral designer Dee King on June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon. All materials provided. Pre-register by June 14. $55 per participant.

    June 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Sunset Kayaking on the Potomac

    Join us on Saturday, June 17, 2017, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. for sunset kayaking. Cost: $40 per kayak. One and two-seat kayaks available. Ages 13 and up. Pre-registration is required by June 15, 2017.

    June 17 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Over the next weeks the Chamber (the main bedchamber of the Great House) will empty of its moveable furnishings and our restoration phase can officially begin. Over the coming months we'll be researching the historic furnishings of the Chamber's suite of rooms and preparing a new furnishing and interpretive plan. Of the many spaces in the Great House, the Chamber may be one of the most iconic and may elicit some of the most vivid memories for our past visitors. Throughout its interpretive history (1930s to today), red and white toile fabric has been used for the room's window hangings, upholstery, and bedding. Today's collection highlight is one of the many furnishings purchased specifically to outfit the Chamber in the 1930s...

Easy Chair
New England
Mahogany, c. 1780-1800
Purchase, with Funds Provided by the United Daughters of the Confederacy [1935.008]
(Part of the long-time furnishings of the Great House's Chamber)

"There will be shipped within the next few days a crate containing a chair for the Birth Chamber. It comes from Ginsburg & Levy, New York and I hope will arrive in good condition. It is covered with a toile similar to that on the bed. The toile is very old and fragile and should be handled with extreme care as it is easy to punch a hole in it."
- Elizabeth Fain (member of Stratford's House Furnishing Committee), Greenwich, Connecticut, to Stratford's Superintendent, 12 March 1936

In 1967-1968 the historic toiles in use in the Chamber from the 1930s onward were updated with a campaign of new fabric -- Lafayette or 'L'homage de l'Amerique a la France,' a reproduction print. The new fabric was made up into curtains, bed hangings, a spread, and upholstery (seen here) by interior designer J. Frank Jones & Co. of Richmond Virginia.
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Stratford Hall is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program. This program offers free admission for active duty military families from Memorial day (May 29) to Labor Day (Sept 4).

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and thousands of museums across the country. Leadership support is provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

For more information go to: bluestarfam.org/resources/family-life/blue-star-museums/
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