Our Sebrights

As an interpreter at Stratford Hall I get asked many question, as you can imagine. There is one question that I am asked every time I work. “Those little chickens are beautiful! What are they?” Here at Stratford Hall we have two little bantum breed hens (sadly we lost one this spring to old age). They are Golden Sebright Bantams. …

A Different View of Stratford

This question came up yesterday when a great photo of the Octagon showed up on the Virginia.org Facebook page. Certainly when you think of Stratford Hall, an image of the Great House comes to mind. No matter the season, the Great House always makes for a beautiful photo, as evidenced on our current Facebook page banner. Most of the photos …

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, …

A project of a different kind

Stratford Hall is still cleaning up from the major weather/natural events of the last month. With the exception of a crooked painting and swinging chandeliers (and a few rattled nerves), Stratford Hall did not experience any real lasting impact from the earthquake on August 23rd, 2011. Hurricane Irene did leave a lasting mark. In the days leading up to the …

The Gardens at Stratford Hall

  This summer will mark the 80th anniversary of the partnership formed in 1929 between the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association and The Garden Club of Virginia to restore the gardens at Stratford Hall. The Education Department is celebrating that continuing association with various activities, including a retreat set for July 26-29, 2009 called “Arranging from the Garden.” Another way …