Hands-on History

Most history buffs and museum enthusiasts have a specific memory of being at a museum as a child (sometimes called “sticky memories” because we remember vivid details even as adults). Sometimes it is a story that was told, or a specific room. Often it relates to a game or activity…something that could be touched. Accomplishing this in a historic house …

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 …

Slave Quarters Exhibits On The Way

  At the beginning of July we officially closed our slave quarters to the public. These two buildings are reconstructions on the site of the late-18th century stone quarters that housed “home farm” slaves (domestic workers and other skilled laborers). You’ve heard already about the preservation work currently in progress, and the planning for educational hands-on and classroom space that …

Summer Projects and Interpretation

As you can see in the last five blog entries, we have been very busy at Stratford Hall this summer. Projects are underway in the Southwest Outbuilding, Slave Quarters, and Kitchen. Extensive research and investigations are in progress for the Historic Structure Report (HSR) and Cultural Landscape Inventory (CLI). So, now what? Two areas greatly impacted by the projects are …

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 …

Update from the Preservation Department

  Hello, all! It’s time again for an update from your friendly Preservation Department. With the Southwest Outbuilding and Northwest Stairs opened to the public, we’re moving on to our summer projects. The big project of the summer is the restoration of the two slave quarters that will be reinterpreted and used for educational space. We also have some preventative …

Coming Up Next: The Slave Quarters

Now that we’ve mostly completed the Southwest Outbuilding and Northwest Stair Passage restoration and reinterpretation, staff is moving on to the next project on our list. This project is restoring and reinterpreting the slave quarters. The slave quarters were built in 1939, supposedly on original foundations (though archaeological work has not discovered those foundations). These buildings are the types that …