Fall Reflections

Fall has been beautiful here at Stratford. The changing leaves are now falling. Soon it will be Christmas and everyone is working hard to get their respective space ready. The additions to our farm animal family are settled in and they seem to like their new home. I enjoy seeing them on a daily basis, especially the llama and sheep. Soon …

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 …

Stratford Hall takes a Field Trip

Most of the time students take field trips to Stratford Hall, but sometimes the opportunity arises for Stratford to take a field trip. On Monday Stratford Hall participated in Richmond County Elementary School’s (Warsaw, VA) Social Studies Night. Teachers, families, students, and administrators were able to try some of the activities that we do in our school programs. I was …

Stratford Hall: More than a Museum

Hi there! My name is Courtenay Dobbins and I joined the team here at Stratford Hall about ten weeks ago. One aspect of my job as Development and Marketing Communications Assistant is capturing the visitor experience. I snap lots of pictures, record videos, and then post the footage on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr. This inclusion of “social media” is …

I can see clearly now…

Mirrors and looking glasses. Used in the 18th and 19th centuries not only for checking out your appearance, but also for reflecting limited light coming from windows, candles, or lamps. And showcasing your wealth. ‘Looking glass’ was the typical term for large sheets of mirrored glass framed and hung on a wall. The term ‘mirror’ was used for very specific …

The Stratford Parlor

The location of the Parlor at Stratford Hall is the result of Light Horse Harry Lee’s changing architectural tastes. During the 1790’s, Lee dramatically rearranged the orientation of the main floor rooms. Prior to the 1790’s, Stratford Hall’s main floor rooms were arranged with the public areas located west of the Great Hall, and the private family spaces to the …

DIORAMAS

We have all encountered dioramas either while visiting a museum or in a classroom setting. Perhaps you didn’t realize there was a term for such a display. It’s even fun to say… DIORAMA!   The word diorama can refer to a three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, and other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting …