Join us on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 11 a.m. for the 250th anniversary commemoration of the Leedstown Resolves. On February 27, 1766, one hundred and fifteen Northern Neck patriots assembled in Leedstown, Virginia, to support a proposal written by Richard Henry Lee in protest of the British crown’s imposition of the Stamp Act–an act of “taxation without representation.” This historic event is considered an important impetus to America’s independence.
The program, co-sponsored by The Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society (NNVHS) and Stratford Hall, will take place in the Council House at Stratford Hall and is free to the public. The NNVHS celebrates this event annually at various sites. Donations will be welcome.
This event will feature Virginia dignitaries as guest speakers, “histories of the lives of the signers” by descendants of the original signers, living history interpreters portraying Richard Henry Lee (author of the Leedstown Resolves) and signers John Belfield of Belle Mount and John Augustine Washington of Bushfield, music by Yorktown Fife & Drum Corps, and a wreath ceremony by local Northern Neck SAR & DAR chapters.
THE LUNCH IS SOLD OUT Immediately following the program, join Richard Henry Lee, John Belfield of Belle Mount, and John Augustine Washington of Bushfield for a buffet luncheon in Stratford Hall’s Dining Room. Lunch reservations are required by February 25, 2016, and can be made by calling Leslie Brooks at 804-493-1966 or by email. The lunch buffet includes ham biscuits, fried chicken, baked ham, cornbread, butter beans, sweet potatoes, kale, coleslaw, green salad and dessert.
The free admission to the program includes admission to Stratford Hall’s grounds; however, it does not include a tour of the historic buildings. Persons wishing to tour the Great House will need to purchase a ticket in the Gift Shop. Program attendees will receive a 15 percent discount on gift shop purchases for the day; discount coupons will be available in the Dining Room.