Preservation Month at Stratford Hall…

May is recognized as Preservation Month around the country but here at Stratford Hall every month is Preservation Month. On the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website for Preservation Month you will find the following paragraph: “May is Preservation Month! As in years past, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages preservation and Main Street organizations to use this month-long …

Founding Mothers

Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee was a mother to eleven children, only eight would survive to adulthood, two of whom, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee, signed the Declaration of Independence. Women’s lives in the eighteenth century were usually centered on their families. Some became responsible for the sewing that kept their families clothed.  Hannah, however, could provide wealth and …

Image is Everything: 18th-Century Fashion and the Lees

Fashion crossed the Atlantic as fast as the ships could travel. The Lees, like many others in colonial Virginia, enjoyed and looked forward to the latest styles in clothing and fabrics. By 1750 the consumer revolution had brought about cheaper copies of fashionable styles, allowing members of all classes to partake in fashionable dress. With this, fashion began to represent …

Special Announcement for Northern Neck Social Studies, History and Geography Teachers

                                                           Media Contact:Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (April 30, 2014) –Northern Neck teachers of United States history, geography and Virginia studies are encouraged to apply nowfor a fellowship for the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers to be held at Stratford Hall on July 16-19, 2014.The institute is open to …

Image Is Everything: 18th Century Fashion of the Lees

                                                 Media Contact:Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.orgFor Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (April 30, 2014) –Join us on May 10, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, as members of the George Washington Young Friends (GWYF) will be presenting a program featuring the fashions of the Stratford Lees as depicted in their portraits.  Moderated by Sue Bailey …

Sustainable Agriculture at Stratford

I first heard the term ‘sustainable agriculture’ while reading the December 1995 edition of National Geographic. It was a relatively new term back then, popping up amid the organic farming movement to encompass something more. Though no certain definition could be created for ‘sustainable agriculture’, it did find three common core aspects: economically viable, environmentally friendly, and socially acceptable. Agriculture …

Stratford Hall Featured Loan Exhibit At 2014 Washington Winter Show

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (December 17, 2013) – “Celebrations at Stratford Hall: Family, Food and Festivities” will be the featured loan exhibition for the 2014 Washington Winter Show at American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C., January 10-12, 2014. The theme of the show is “Southern Celebrations: Traditions Handed Down.” Throughout …

Stratford Hall Announces Winter Operating Schedule

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (December 12, 2013) – Beginning on January 2, 2014, Stratford Hall will institute its winter operating schedule. The grounds will be open daily to the public from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A grounds pass is $5 for adults and $3 for children. The road to the …

Stratford Hall’s 2014 Grandparent/Grandchild Camps Will Feature Spy-Related Activities

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release Lee family members were involved in espionage during American Revolution STRATFORD, VA, (December 12, 2013) – Stratford’s 2014 Summer Grandparent-Grandchild Campers will, among many other activities, learn how some of the Lees were involved in manners of espionage during the American Revolutionary War. For example, in addition to his …

From Sicily to Stratford Hall: World-Renowned Sicilian Chef Fabrizia Lanza to give talk and host luncheon in November

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (October 24, 2013) –Join us on Saturday, November 16, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. for a very special opportunity when Ms. Fabrizia Lanza, Sicilian chef and proprietor of the Case Vecchie cooking school, visits Stratford Hall for a talk and luncheon. Ms. Lanza, daughter of the late …

Edible Plants of Virginia Program at Stratford Hall with Nationally Known Author & Naturalist Hal Wiggins

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release July 13, 2013, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. STRATFORD, VA, (June 20, 2013) –Join nationally known author and naturalist Hal Wiggins as he presents both a discussion and field experience on identifying edible plants found on the grounds of Stratford Hall on July 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to …

Stratford Hall Receives Grant from The Dominion Foundation Towards Providing New Nature Trail Experience

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-8038 ext. 8119 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (June 5, 2013) –Stratford Hall was among the 17 organizations receiving grants in the first round of a $500,000 environmental grant program by The Dominion Foundation, the charitable arm of Dominion Resources, the parent company of Virginia Power. “We are pleased that The Dominion Foundation has recognized …