Still Exciting

Museums often share parts of their collection with other institutions upon request. Of course there are rules and regulations, standards to follow, and logistics to coordinate (shipping, insurance, text panels, etc).This loan agreement process makes exhibitions more exciting for recurring visitors. Plus the institutions involved have the best intention for the selected object to be featured in a special way …

Fun on the Farm: Perspectives from an Intern

Hi folks, my name is Townsend Hart and I’m a historic preservation and museum studies minor at the University of Mary Washington. I’m currently interning with both Gretchen Goodell (Curator) and Abigail Newkirk (Director of Interpretation and Education). The objective for the internship is to research various objects belonging to Stratford andcreate interpretive proposals. Initially I planed to work on …

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 …

Visitor Center Exhibits Get a Facelift

Gretchen reports: The Lees of Stratford Gallery has received an update, with the final touches completed just this past Friday. We are very excited to be able to bring new interpretive information and objects into the gallery, which will hopefully please both new and returning visitors. The update includes new object label text with more stories about the Lees and …

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 …