Stratford Hall’s 1774 Christmastide Welcomes You To Celebrate the Spirit of the Season with the Lees

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

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (November 21, 2011) –Christmas was celebrated differently in late-18th-century Virginia. Many of the holiday trappings familiar to the current generation were unknown to the Lees of Stratford. Though there may not have been a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, or stockings hanging from a mantel, there would have been a bountiful table, games, greenery and music. Stratford Hall would have been a place filled with the spirit of the season, welcoming friends, family and guests.

Join us on December 10, 2011, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., as members of the George Washington’s Young Friends, playing traditional music, will greet holiday guests in the Visitor Center, introducing them to another world–the world of December 10, 1774. Guests will hear the sounds of revelry, drumming and rifle shots heralding the season. Wood-burning flambeaux will illuminate the landscape, adding their light to dozens of candle lanterns guiding the way to the Great House. Don’t be s urprised to encounter personages from another era who will gladly discuss (perhaps with a hint of modern dialect) any subject of the day.

Inside the Great House, music will fill the air. The renowned Washington’s Camerata, a period instrument ensemble, will perform two concerts in the Hall, one at 5:30-6:15 p.m. and a second at 6:45-7:30 p.m. Linger, listen, and, just for a moment, forget that it is the 21st century. Stratford Hall’s Christmastide will be a breathtaking and memorable visit for the whole family. Admission: $10 adults; $5 for children under 12. No discount for FOS cardholders for this event.

A special Christmas dinner will be served in the Stratford Hall Dining Room, with seating times at 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The cost of the meal is $50.00 (ages 12 and up), $25.00 (ages 6-11), and children age 5 and under are free. This price includes a $10.00 tour ticket, dinner and beverage, tax and gratuity. Dinner is by reservation only. Please call (804)493-8038, ext.8039, or e-mail for meal information and dinner reservations.

And be sure to register in the Gift Shop for a Stratford Hall gift basket, retail value of $75, which will be given away on December 19.

For more information, visit, or call 804-493-8038.