1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide
Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Come to Stratford Hall on the evening of December 13th and plan to celebrate the season in another century. That evening, Stratford Hall will offer two Christmastide worlds to enjoy and ponder: the world of the privileged and the world of the enslaved. Seasonal joy, hope, and celebration were part of both groups. Enjoy and immersive yourself in a self-guided experience.
Begin your journey at the Visitor center. Enjoy seasonal refreshments and listen to the music that blends the centuries. Cross the bridge to another world. Follow the path to the Great House lit with hundreds of lantern candles. See the looming Great House aglow from within and without. Proceed, if you wish, to the Great House, and enter a world of festivity, polite discussion, and seasonal merriment.
Next, you may want to stop by the Yule Log burning near the reconstructed slave cabins. There you will find stories, songs and accounts of another Christmastide, that of the enslaved peoples. There you can listen to poignant and humorous stories, rousing songs of hope, and unique insights into another world. In the Kitchen building, a “Beverage Master” will greet you and instruct you in the art of making the latest fashionable drinks.
The hours for the event are 4:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults/$7 children. Tickets will be on sale at the Gate House until 8:00 p.m.
The special Christmas dinner (not included in the regular admission ticket) in the Stratford Hall Dining Room is by reservation only. For reservations, contact Leslie Brooks at 804-493-1966 or by email. Reservations are by credit card only. Credit cards will be charged for the full amount one week prior to the event. No refunds will be given after Saturday, December 6, 2014.