Preservation Month at Stratford Hall…

May is recognized as Preservation Month around the country but here at Stratford Hall every month is Preservation Month. On the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website for Preservation Month you will find the following paragraph: “May is Preservation Month! As in years past, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages preservation and Main Street organizations to use this month-long …

Packing up Museum Objects

Packing museum objects can be complicated. With the holiday season around the corner you might find these tips helpful… First, locate a large table in which to work and cover it with polypropylene foam. Soft surfaces are safer to work on, especially when dealing with delicate items. Next find an acid free box large enough to hold the desired object. …

Fall Reflections

Fall has been beautiful here at Stratford. The changing leaves are now falling. Soon it will be Christmas and everyone is working hard to get their respective space ready. The additions to our farm animal family are settled in and they seem to like their new home. I enjoy seeing them on a daily basis, especially the llama and sheep. Soon …

Mission Possible

One of the things I like about Stratford Hall’s mission is that it goes beyond the obvious preservation of historic structures and landscapes. It also focuses on promoting “the ideals of leadership honor, independent thought and civic responsibility” – values that many members of the Lee family shared. Recently I learned of a website called www.icivics.org, which is designed to …

Stratford Hall takes a Field Trip

Most of the time students take field trips to Stratford Hall, but sometimes the opportunity arises for Stratford to take a field trip. On Monday Stratford Hall participated in Richmond County Elementary School’s (Warsaw, VA) Social Studies Night. Teachers, families, students, and administrators were able to try some of the activities that we do in our school programs. I was …

Stratford Hall: More than a Museum

Hi there! My name is Courtenay Dobbins and I joined the team here at Stratford Hall about ten weeks ago. One aspect of my job as Development and Marketing Communications Assistant is capturing the visitor experience. I snap lots of pictures, record videos, and then post the footage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. This inclusion of “social media” is …

Wine Festival Prep

The tents are going up and we are busy getting ready for our 6th Annual Wine Festival this weekend. We will be having 12 wineries this year, seven of which are new to the festival. They include Cooper Vineyards, Glass House Winery, Good Luck Cellars, Horton Vineyards, Mattaponi Winery, Rogers Ford Winery and Trump Winery. Other additions to this year’s …

2012 University of Mary Washington Field School in Archaeology at Stratford Hall Plantation

After 10 weeks in the field, another successful season of archaeology at Stratford Hall wrapped up earlier this month. Under the direction of Professor Douglas W. Sanford and assistants Andrew Wilkins, Luan Cao, and Kathleen O’Toole; 9 University of Mary Washington students learned the techniques of archaeological excavation, recording, mapping, photography, artifact identification, and engaged in weekly discussions of scholarly …