When Was Robert E. Lee Born?

Every serious student of Robert E. Lee knows that the general was born on January 19, 1807, right? Or was he? Check out Robert E. Lee’s entry at the Encyclopedia Virginia and you will find that the general’s birth date is given as “ca. 1806.” According to Elizabeth Pryor, who wrote the article, “Lee’s writings indicate he may have been …

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 …

Big Brother is watching out for you….

After the death of his father Thomas, Philip Ludwell Lee of Stratford—Thomas’s eldest son—was responsible for the education of two of his younger brothers.  According to Thomas Lee’s will, his executors (Phil was one of them) were to maintain and educate his two youngest sons out of his estate “in such manner as they think fitt Religiously and virtuously and …

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 …