Looking at the partition with arch before removal

Looking at the partition with arch before removal

Discovering how our ancestors in centuries past literally built their lives through the process of restoring their homes in the present is an intriguing, if dusty, journey. “It’s a giant jigsaw puzzle,” says Phil Mark,
Stratford’s Director of Preservation. Phil is in the process of restoring Stratford’s Dining room and Cherry Tree room. Both rooms have been touched by all four generations of Lees at Stratford Hall, as well as the two original restorations that were led by architect and preservationist
Fiske Kimball in the 1930s.

Having at least six transformations, with changing walls and varying building materials, can make for a complex mystery to solve. Using their knowledge of popular architectural styles, paints, timbers, and plaster, Phil and other experts can trace each layer of the room back to a specific period.  Once their studies are complete, the Dining room and Cherry
Tree rooms will be fully transformed and returned to the time
of Henry Lee IV, a time known architecturally as the Late Federal Period.

Beginning the removal of the Fiske Kimball paneling

Beginning the removal of the Fiske Kimball paneling

Furnishings in both rooms have been transferred to the Visitor Center where they are on exhibit, along with some of the original woodwork that had been saved and kept in storage. The walls have been stripped, the rooms are bare, and the journey is just beginning. Throughout the next eighteen months we will see Stratford Hall transformed once again to reflect another generation of Lees. Visit us as we discover and honor the story of the Lee family at Stratford Hall.