Kremlin to Kremlin: the Joseph Roane Story

In 2015, Stratford Hall was awarded a discretionary grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities for the production of a 23-minute video narrative/oral history of Joseph J. Roane–Kremlin to Kremlin.  The film uses pre-taped interviews, supporting visuals and elements from a 2014 Stratford event of the same name.  The film of this unforgettable story of Roane and his family …

Summer Plans

What are your plans for the summer? A lot will be going on at Stratford over the next few months because this is the start to our busy season. In additional to all the vacationers and staycationers we see every summer, this year’s calendar of events is very full. Here are a few highlights! We kick off the summer with …

Field trips are not just for school children

  Visiting other historic house museums is a very important part of staff training. Learning about what has (or has not) worked at other museums helps us develop our own skills and inspires new ideas. This week the interpretive staff visited James Madison’s Montpelier. Our visit stared with a guided tour of the Treasures of Montpelier exhibit with Carole, our fantastic guide, …

Preparing the Great House for Winter

This past week we have been working on readying the Great House for not only our Christmas program (1774:  A Stratford Christmastide), but also setting up new room scenarios for the winter in general.  You’ve already heard about how I like to change the house displays for the seasons (like summertime scenarios), so the winter is no exception.  Here’s a …

Summer Projects and Interpretation

As you can see in the last five blog entries, we have been very busy at Stratford Hall this summer. Projects are underway in the Southwest Outbuilding, Slave Quarters, and Kitchen. Extensive research and investigations are in progress for the Historic Structure Report (HSR) and Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI). So, now what? Two areas greatly impacted by the projects are …

The Lees and Independence

It’s early for me to be posting something about an event in June, but I want to make sure you all mark your calendars! On Saturday, June 5, 2010, we will be presenting our annual Lees and Independence event at Stratford Hall. This free event commemorates the day when Richard Henry Lee made the motion for independence from England, which …

The Music of the Stratford Lees

  Throughout my time serving as Stratford Hall’s director of education I’ve hoped to develop a program examining the music enjoyed—and performed—by the Stratford Lees. It is indeed a richly detailed subject. The 18th-century Stratford Lees shared with their Virginia friends a love of music and dance that stands out as a salient feature of their society. Especially in the …

Christmas at Stratford Hall

  Our yearly Christmas at Stratford Hall will be held this Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 12pm until 8pm. This year, we’re doing things a little bit differently. From 12pm to 4pm, we will have a variety of children’s activities in the Visitor Center, including Christmas crafts and visits with Santa Claus. We will also take pictures of children with …