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  • 2016 10th Annual Wine & Oyster Festival

    FALL IN LOVE WITH WINE & OYSTERS! If you love the combination of great wines, delicious local seafood and fine crafts and artisans, mark your calendar for September 17, 10am – 6pm and September 18, 10am – 5pm. Voted 2015 “Best Of” in Virginia Wine Lovers Magazine, this po...

    September 17 @ 10:00 am - September 18 @ 5:00 pm
  • Fall Migration Birding with Andrew Dolby

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    Join Dr. Andrew Dolby for Bird Migration: Nature's Incredible Journey from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a presentation and bird walk. Cost is $15 per person, free to FOS members. Register by September 21 deadline....

    September 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
  • Fungus Trek

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    Join us on October 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., for a Fungus Trek with Ryan Mooney; lecture in duPont Library followed by site walk; $12 adults; $7 children (8-13) and free for FOS....

    October 1 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Yesterday's post highlighted items in the 1750 inventory and objects in the Southwest Outbuilding related to paint production. While some of the tools have changed over the years, others are still used today. You can see a glass muddler on the table that was used in the Dining Room in May 2015. #tbt ...

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Come by for lunch and taste today's special from Chef Andy! Meatloaf with onions and gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn... #delicious! ...

Come by and taste today's special from Chef Andy! Meatloaf with onions and gravy, mashed potatoes, and corn... #delicious

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Paint production was an important component of architectural work. The Stratford estate inventory taken after Thomas Lee’s death in 1750 noted a “Paint Stone” valued at 5 shillings for hand-mixing paint pigments. Further evidence for the production of paint at Stratford is found in Philip Ludwell Lee’s estate inventory, which includes “2 jugs Lynseed oil” in addition to turpentine and “3 Brushes.”

Marble paint stone, stoneware storage bottles, glass muddler, earthenware chamber pot, c. 2010
Purchase [Non-Accessioned Collection]
(On view in the Workshop, Southwest Outbuilding)

Today on the end of the workbench in the Southwest Outbuilding visitors see a paint stone, muddler, mixing pot (we are showing an old chamber pot), and storage bottles. While the original tools of the trade at Stratford have not survived (those on view are all modern), we have written documentation as well as historic paint evidence that helps to tell the story.
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