Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119
For Immediate Release
STRATFORD, VA, (November 20, 2009) Christmas at Stratford Hall will be held only one day this year, on Saturday, December 12, and will run from 12:00 noon until 8:00 p.m. NEW THIS YEAR: From 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., we will have a variety of children’s activities in the Visitor Center, including Christmas crafts and visits with Santa Claus. We will also take photos of your children with Santa Claus and print them for $1 each. Each child will receive a free snow globe at the Gift Shop. This family-oriented portion of the day will also include fun activities in the area around the Great House, where children and parents can learn about Christmas at Stratford during the time that the Lees lived here.
At 4:30 p.m., visitors can visit the Great House to learn about Christmas in the 18th century. The evening will begin with refreshments and entertainment in the Visitor Center. Then, as you travel across the bridge to the gift shop area, you will enjoy a bonfire where you will meet your guide. From there you will step back into Colonial times as you are guided to the outdoor kitchen to discover how food was prepared for the Lees and their guests. Your guide will then take you through parts of the Great House, where you will see how the food was served and view the festivities with the Lees’ guests in the Great Hall.