“An interesting facility rich in history. My husband and I chose the self-guided tour with the audio recording machines. The house was beautiful and the displays were intriguing. The gift shop has lots of interesting and unique gifts as well as corn meal that is made at the working Mill on site. The beach is a nice area and we managed to find a few sharks teeth.”
New in 2023: Stratford Mail, a short podcast for history lovers on the go!
Each month we bring you a historical letter from a one-time resident of Stratford Hall and offer insight into the circumstances of its composition and reception and answer the question, ‘So what?’ All in fewer than 10 minutes!
Join our Director of Research, Dr. Gordon Blaine Steffey, as he opens our archives to you and raises a window on ordinary and exceptional communications of our forefathers and foremothers.
Immerse Yourself in Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall brings together people from around the world to experience two-thousand acres of natural and human history, preserved and presented so that we can all learn from the courageous struggles of our ancestors, taking inspiration both from what they endured and what they accomplished.
Established by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. An important part of the Stratford Hall experience is an opportunity to learn about the courage and leadership of Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee as they signed the Declaration of Independence, and with their family, helped give birth to the United States of America. Visitors can also learn about other Lee family members, like Hannah Lee Corbin an outspoken thinker and one of our nation’s earliest known proponents of voting rights for women. And they can learn about the birth and early years of Robert E. Lee, who rose to become superintendent of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, a leader of the armies of the Confederacy, and president of Washington College. There are few places in America where people can travel down small, rural roads to arrive at a vast site that preserves so many aspects of early-American life, from the fields that were worked by enslaved Africans to the waters of the rivers that fueled trade, to the ground, which still yields secrets about the people and animals that lived before.
Come experience this extraordinary place that played a role in the birth of a nation. Where people can learn about a layered history that began millions of years ago. A history that continues to educate, inspire and influence Americans to the present day.
“Fun place to go. The staff was very knowledgeable, friendly and professional. There are hiking trails that lead down to the Potomac River. Nice day trip.”
“A bit out of the more traveled routes but true gem worthy of a day long visit. A great staff and a beautiful home only out done by the natural settings that surround it.”