The Questionable Romance of Robert Mayo

By Caitlin Connelly Scandal arrived at Stratford Hall in 1820. The owner of the plantation was Henry Lee IV, eldest son of “Light Horse Harry” Lee and half-brother of Robert E. Lee. In 1817 Henry married his wealthy neighbor Anne Robinson McCarty, and the next year she gave birth to a daughter, Margaret. Sadly, Margaret died at two years old …

Rare Book Catalog Project Update

Over the past summer I have become more acquainted with the library’s rare book collection than I ever thought was possible.I was very familiar with a small number of titles that I normally pulled from the library shelves to show to visitors, but the bulk of the collection remained largely unknown to me.Not cataloged and difficult to explore because of …

"A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words…"

…but sometimes doesn’t tell the whole story. This week several members of Stratford Hall’s staff, including me, participated in a Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) workshop on planning digital projects. One particular project that we want to pursue is the digitization of our historic images so we could easily share them–or at least a good number of them–with on-line visitors …

Interesting Collection Finds

  Managing a library collection sometimes has its surprises, especially when you open a book and find little treasures saved within its pages. How many of us have ever used a photo or other piece of paper to mark a place in a book? And have forgotten to remove it after we finished with the book? Without a doubt, librarians …

Library Cataloging Project: Wm Lee Letter Books

The most tedious part of the effort to catalog all of the duPont Library’s manuscript collection on computer has been the four letter books used by William Lee to keep records of his mercantile correspondence. William, born 1739 in Westmoreland County, was the next to youngest son of Thomas Lee, builder of Stratford. He learned accounting skills while serving as …