In Memoriam: Dr. Paul C. Reber, Stratford Hall Executive Director

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release             STRATFORD, VA, (July 24, 2015) – Dr. Paul C. Reber, 56, Executive Director of Stratford Hall since 2006, passed away Thursday evening at VCU Hospital in Richmond as a result of injuries he received while riding his bicycle near his home in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He had been an avid …

The Inn at Stratford Hall Announces Nabil M. ElBallat as Executive Chef

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release             STRATFORD, VA, (July 8, 2015) – Nabil M. ElBallat has been named Executive Chef at the Inn at Stratford Hall. His experience in the United States has included working at hotels in New York City, New Orleans, San Jose, Dallas, Saint Louis, and Omaha. His international experience includes being an …

New General Manager Raoul Henriquez Brings National and International Experience to The Inn at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release             STRATFORD, VA, (May 13, 2015) – Raoul Henriquez has been named the new General Manager of the Inn at Stratford Hall. Henriquez has over 30 years experience in hospitality management, nearly all of it devoted to developing and leading upscale luxury hotels and resorts, including historic properties. His experience in …

Grammy Award-winning Muir String Quartet to Play in Stratford’s Great Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (May 8, 2015) – Spring is in the air – and music too! Join us for an exclusive opportunity to experience the beautiful sounds of the Muir String Quartet when they perform in Stratford’s Great Hall, on Saturday, May 23, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m. Established in 1980, …

Stratford Hall’s Traditional Trades Fair Will Focus On Interior Trades of the Eighteenth Century

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (April 24, 2015) – When 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 on May 9, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., these …

World-Renowned Opera Lafayette to Perform in the Great Hall at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (March 23, 2015) – Join us on April 25, 2015 for an exciting collaboration between Stratford Hall and Opera Lafayette. This collaboration will bring this internationally famous Opera to Stratford Hall for a one-night performance in the historic Great Hall. Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Conductor …

Stratford Hall Receives Virginia Tourism Grant for Tourism Marketing

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (September 25, 2014) –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Stratford Hall received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $852,000 for 46tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.The grants …

Go Native–Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release   From Stratford Hall and the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society                                                  Go Native—Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall October 4, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Program will feature Dick Cheatham portraying Colonial Botanist John Clayton   …

TOGA’s Partnership with the Wine & Oyster Festival

The current partnership between the Tidewater Oyster Garners Association (TOGA) and Stratford Hall began in 2011 with a simple demonstration.   TOGA a non-profit organization established in 1997 had been invited to participate at the annual Wine Festival. TOGA booth display was very simple and captivating.  Two side by side aquariums contained oysters.  One of the aquariums was filled with muddy …

Robert E. Lee’s Slouch Hats

In 1977, Stratford Hall Plantation acquired a slouch hat worn by one of its famous occupants. Loaned long-term by the Comte de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from the historic Yorktown Customhouse, the Robert E. Lee campaign slouch hat (1981.080) was worn during the Civil War by General Lee. The decision to send the hat to …

What about the children at Stratford?

When we look at Stratford today, we see a relatively calm landscape. A house, outbuildings, gardens, work spaces, living areas, fields, barns, and all of them are (on an ordinary day) pretty darn quiet. But that wouldn’t have necessarily been the case during the Lee family’s ownership of Stratford. The historical record tells us quite vividly that there were children …