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  • 1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide


    December 10, 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. Free for FOS members. Christmas candlelight dinner by reserv...

    December 10 @ 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemoration


    Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemoration on Saturday, January 14, 2016, is FREE to the public. See the Great House where Lee was born, and more. Hours 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m....

    January 14, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Robert E. Lee’s Birthday


    Celebrate Robert E. Lee's birthday with us. FREE ADMISSION. Enjoy visiting the Great House, refreshments in the Visitor Center, and scavenger hunts for kids. Hours 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m....

    January 19, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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There are beautiful sights to see at Stratford this time of year. It's no wonder that Robert E. Lee wrote to his wife Mary during the war, "In the absence of a home, I wish I could purchase Stratford. That is the only other place that I could go to...that would inspire me with feelings of pleasure and local love." Lee's bonds to the Northern Neck remained strong. ...

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1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide

December 10, 2016, 4:30pm - December 10, 2016, 7:30pm

December 10 at 4:30 pm - 8:30 pm This year make spending December 10 at Stratford Hall part of your holiday plans. Celebrate the season in another century. CHRISTMASTIDE From 4:30 – 8:30 p.m., enjoy and ponder the worlds of the privileged and worlds of the enslaved through history, song, dance, and stories. Enter the Visitor Center and listen to the contemporary seasonal music of Kathy Mapp, while enjoying enjoy some light refreshments. Cross the lighted bridge, stop by the bonfire and make a “Christmastide wish” by tossing a holly sprig into the fire. Follow the candlelit path to the Great House. Stop by the Carpenters Shop and listen to the music of Ampersand, a musical duo, performing eighteenth and nineteenth-century “popular’ music. Proceed into the Great House, where, on the lower floor, one of Stratford Hall’s gifted interpreters, Rita Wagstaff, will tell the story of the enslaved at Christmas through her historical interpretations, gifted storytelling and song. Moving upstairs, watch the courtly dance and music of the Rappahannock Colonial Heritage Society. The Stratford Hall interpretive staff will be available to answer questions about the rooms, furniture and art works. Moving outside to the Old Kitchen, visitors will want to stop by to visit with another of our interpretive staff, Martha Newman, as she prepares a sumptuous and savory Christmastide meal on the open hearth. Leaving the Kitchen, stop by the reconstructed slave cabins before returning to the warmth of the bonfire and the refreshments in the Visitor Center. The Enslaved at Christmastide “American slaves experienced the Christmas holidays in many different ways. Joy, hope, and celebration were naturally a part of the season for many. For other slaves, these holidays conjured up visions of freedom and even the opportunity to bring about that freedom. Still others saw it as yet another burden to be endured.” The prosperity and relaxed discipline associated with Christmas often enabled slaves to interact in ways that they could not during the rest of the year. They customarily received material goods from their masters…for this reason, among others, slaves frequently married during the Christmas season. For more information on the Enslaved at Christmastide, click here: TICKETS $12 for adults, $7 for children, free for Friends of Stratford members Tickets will be on sale at the Gate House until 8:00pm The hours for the event are 4:30pm – 8:30pm The cost of the Christmastide house tour is not included in the price of the dinner and must be purchased separately. For questions, please contact Jon Bachman at 804.493.1972 or The special Christmas Buffet Dinner is NOT INCLUDED in the regular admission ticket. The Dinner at the Stratford Hall Dining Room is by reservation only. Click here for information on Christmastide Dinner: For reservations for Christmastide, call 804-493-1967 or email The cost of the Christmastide house tour is not included in the price of the dinner and must be purchased separately.

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The Stratford Hall Gristmill

The mill was reconstructed in 1939 on the foundations of the original Lee mill which records indicate was constructed in the early 1740s by Thomas Lee. The huge waterwheel of the reconstructed mill turns wooden gears that power its millstones. Corn and wheat are ground, just as they have been for nearly 250 years.

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Grits made at our gristmill are available for purchase exclusively available at Stratford Hall.

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