Stratford Hall Celebrates Robert E. Lee’s Birthday

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Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (January 6, 2010) – Stratford Hall will celebrate the 203rd anniversary of the birth of Robert E. Lee with free admission to the grounds and to the Great House tour on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.

Visitors can see the room where Robert was born to Ann Carter Lee and Light Horse Harry Lee on January 19, 1807. They can visit some of his favorite places on the grounds, including the Spring Houses. They can also tour the Lee Gallery in the Visitor Center and see many Robert E. Lee items on display.

The Visitor Center will be open on January 19th from 9:30 AM to 5 PM, guided Great House Tours will be on the hour starting at 10 AM with the last tour at 4 PM, and the Gift Shop/Cafe will be open from 11 AM to 5 PM.

In addition, as part of the annual Stratford Hall Robert E. Lee Symposium on Civil War History, Professor Gary W. Gallagher will present a lecture on January 22 at 7:30 PM entitled “The Most Important Confederate: General Lee’s Impact on the Battlefield and the Home Front.” Gary W. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia.

Both Friday night’s symposium dinner and lecture are open to the public. The cost for the lecture is $10 per person and dinner is $40 per person. Reservations are required and must be made by January 15. For reservations or more information, please contact Laura Lawfer, Director of Interpretation and Programs, at, or at 804-493-8038 ext. 1920.

The Robert E. Lee Symposium on Civil War History is sponsored by Stratford Hall with support from the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation. The annual symposium is dedicated to the further study of General Robert E. Lee and various issues relating to the American Civil War.

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