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. …

Parlor Restoration Update

Greetings from the Preservation Department at Stratford Hall! After a few bumps in the road, the plasterworkers are making good progress on leveling the ceiling of the parlor. The preservation architect and the plaster contractor brought in a number of fun gadgets to map out the surface of the ceiling, including a rotating laser level. It shot out multiple beams …

It’s all in the ceiling…

Who knew a ceiling could cause so much trouble?  Earlier this week we began to install the new plaster cornice (also known as crown moulding) in the Parlor as part of the restoration.  As the plaster contractors proceeded with the installation, it became evident that the ceiling was going to pose a problem for us.  The first issue encountered was …

Preservation and Restoration Excitement… No Really…

It’s exciting times in the Preservation Department here at Stratford Hall. But lets be serious, when isn’t it exciting? The big project I continue to work on is the Parlor restoration. The Parlor is being restored to its ca. 1795 Federal Period, also known as the “Light Horse Harry” Lee period. I described the overall project in a previous blog …

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 …

The new Slave Quarters Exhibit

The past month has been a flurry of activity here at Stratford Hall. All summer we have been updating everyone about our preservation and interpretation projects. Over the next three weeks, we will be highlighting three specific projects: West Slave Quarters, Hands-on Activity Room, and Southwest Outbuilding. The exhibits in the West Slave Quarters have been updated and are now …

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 …

Summer Preservation Interns at Stratford Hall

  The interns of the preservation department, under the supervision of Phil Mark, are commencing work on their summer restoration project. Erin White, a graduate student from the Heritage Resources program at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, started the ten-week internship at the end of May. Jess Warren, from Georgia, is a student in the building preservation technology program …