Costumed living history presenters will highlight personal choices the Lee women had to navigate in the 17th to 19th centuries. Using primary source evidence, the in-character interpretive skits will also touch on the life choices available to most women during that period. 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission $10 per person (groups of 3 or more, $5 each). Registering in advance is suggested.
Eavesdropping on the Lee Women
Step back to March 1, 1776, with George Washington’s Young Friends (GWYF) as preparations begin for Col. Philip Ludwell Lee’s estate sale.
Col. Phil passed away on February 21, 1775. As he left no will, the Westmoreland County court has assigned executors to settle his estate. This situation has been further complicated by the fact that Phil had not yet completely settled the estate of his father Thomas. One year after Phil’s death, the Westmoreland County executors have advertised an estate sale to be held at Stratford on April 6, 1776.
Join the interpreters from the George Washington Young Friends (GWYF as they portray Colonel Lee’s brother, Thomas Ludwell, and his wife Mary, and Colonel John Augustine Washington and his wife Hannah as they help Philip’s widow, Elizabeth, prepare for the sale.
Insights into the personal history of the Lees offer a unique window into the mores and morals of 18th-century women. Listen to their feelings, as they sort through family documents, sharing memories and discussing changing roles and lifestyles, and be prepared for a lively discussion of changes in women’s roles, perspectives on marriage, and a lot of foreshadowing – maybe even a scandal or two!