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Traditional Trades at Stratford: Adding Beauty–The Traditional Interior Trades of the Eighteenth Century

May 9, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

$7 – $12

Join us on May 9 for our annual Traditional Trades event.  In keeping with Stratford Hall’s annual celebration of National Preservation Month, we will be looking at the artisans and trades that enhanced the interiors of 18th-century homes.


  • Self-guided tours of the Great House 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Kid’s activities 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Oval
  • Kid’s Scavenger Hunt 9:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. (prizes in Gift Shop)
  • Mini presentations in the upper central hall of the Great House from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tickets for this event are $12 for adults and $7 for children. Friends of Stratford have FREE Admission to this event. GROUNDS PASSES NOT AVAILABLE.


  • 11:00 -11:30 “The Upholder” – 18th-century interior design – Natalie Larson31931628
  • 12:00 -12:30 Painting – Chris Mills
  • 12:30 – 1:00 Woodcarving – Harrison Higgins
  • 1:00 – 1:30 Floor Coverings – Gretchen Goodell-Pendleton
  • 2:00 – 2:30 Leather work/key baskets/ trunks – James Leach
  • 3:00 – 3:30 Beds and Bedding- Natalie Larson
  • 4:00 – 4:30 Plastering -Phil Mark

About Traditional Trades

Larson 4When walking through a historic home have you ever asked yourself “how did they make paint back then?” or “how was such an intricate cornice made?” If you visit Stratford Hall’s Traditional Trades Fair this May, these and many more insights will be gained. You will have the opportunity to learn how hand-ground linseed oil paint was (and still is) made, how decorative plaster is applied, and how other interior trades were done in the 18th and 19th centuries. The opportunity to interact with, and witness, the tradespeople who are keeping the trades alive will also be available. This will be a great time to see the charm of the fine craftsmanship often displayed in our country’s historical treasures.  From the walls to the floors, we will examine the lost skills and techniques that transformed rooms into spaces filled with grace, comfort, and style.

This event will have activities, for the whole family. For the children, hands-on-fun includes: basic carpentry, coloring, stenciling and painting pre-cast plaster figures, a trades scavenger hunt (with prizes)…and much more!

For those who want a little more insight, stop by the scheduled series of “mini talks” on 18th-century interior design, beds and bedding , painting, floor coverings, textiles, gilding, and plastering.
Or take a break and visit the other rooms of the Great House, walk the gardens, grounds, and trails. Take a short drive to our operating gristmill. Or try your luck at finding 16 million-year-old fossils on our beach.



May 9, 2015
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
$7 – $12

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