What Liz has been up to…

Hi Stratford Fans! As this summer’s Building Preservation/Restoration Intern, I had the wonderful opportunity to work on some of the many historic structures at Stratford Hall and to gain hands-on skill and knowledge under the tutelage of Director of Preservation Phil Mark.Over the past ten weeks, I got to try my hand at masonry, wood repair, glazing and of course …

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 …

So that is what the scaffolding is for…

  If you have visited Stratford Hall this past week, you probably noticed the scaffolding that is on the south face. This is for the preservation of the cornice (the uppermost piece of molding right below the roof line). It is hard to see the details from the ground, but the decorated cornice also contains a large number of dentils …

Setting up house

It is wedding season and I’ve been looking at a lot of wedding registries lately for a few friends who are getting married.  Most couples today register for “fancy” goods like china and expensive wine glasses, but also for “practical” goods like a dish drainer or trash can.  It got me thinking…when Thomas and Hannah Lee set up house at …

Fall finds its way into the Historic Area

  The beautiful gold, red, and orange leaves are, well, falling at Stratford Hall (which is keeping our grounds crew very busy!).  In the Historic Area we made a switch into Fall mode this morning – we put away the figs, pomegranates, and plums and pulled out the apples and oysters. Fireplaces in the Great House are now fully stocked …

Summertime for the Lees

    Historic house museums offer unique challenges. We want to keep the displays dynamic and entice visitors to come back and not just say “I’ve seen it already”. One of the ways we try to keep the rooms exciting is by changing them periodically to reflect the seasons or a particular story that we want to tell. Although we …

A Real Rat’s Nest

The term “rat’s nest” makes you think about a real mess – be it a hairstyle or a messy room. But in our world, the term can be a welcome one, especially when the rat in question had such good taste in what she collected. Like other historic houses, Stratford’s Great House has hosted a variety of residents through its …