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

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

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 diplomatic duties in France, Arthur Lee was arguably one of America’s first spies and gathered information in France and Britain. In 1778 Light Horse Harry Lee sent an agent, dressed as a “country bumpkin,” into the British fort at Stoney Point, New York, to gather intelligence on the exact size of the garrison and the progress it was making in building defenses. Stratford campers will have some spy-related hands-on activities such as writing with invisible ink and coding messages with a rotary coding device.

The 2014 camp sessions will be June 24-26, July 8-10 and August 5-7.  Last summer, a number of campers were turned away, so early enrollment is suggested.  The camp tuition if $360 per person, including comfortable lodging in the Stratford Inn and all meals in the dining room. There are some special discounts for our many repeat campers and groups numbering more than two.  Suggested age for children: 1st grade completed through age 12.

Some of the traditional camp activities will include a ghost hunt in the Great House, marching with the Virginia Militia, looking for shark’s teeth, blacksmithing, making bricks, fishing, and baking a pie in an open hearth kitchen. Grandparents will love cutting out a silhouette of their grandchild, suitable for framing. Colonial games such as trap ball are also lots of fun.

Campers can find camp registration information for this popular family bonding experience at Stratford’s web page, or call camp coordinator, Bill Doerken, (804) 493-8038.