Philip Ludwell Lee inherited Stratford Hall Plantation at the death of his father Thomas Lee in 1750. Colonel Phil made many changes to the Great House. Architectural historians currently believe that he replaced his father’s wooden steps with stone staircases. He loved to entertain, and had a band made up of slaves and indentured servants. The door on the river side opened onto a porch where visitors could dance under the stars. This is a conjectural model of Stratford’s Great House as it may have looked when Colonel Phil and his family lived here.
To learn more about Philip Ludwell Lee, go to A Virginia Gentleman on the Eve of Revolution: Philip Ludwell Lee of Stratford.