Immerse Yourself in Stratford Hall

A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its surrounding community, inspires an appreciation of America’s past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership, honor, independent thought, and civic responsibility. Established by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Four generations of the Lee family passed through its stately doors including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War hero “Light Horse Harry” Lee, and his son, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who was born at Stratford Hall in 1807.

Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres comes to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here. Telling the stories of the Lees, the enslaved and indentured laborers, and the women of Stratford Hall inspires our understanding and commitment to our nation’s history. 

We invite you to experience all that Stratford Hall has to offer. Immerse yourself in the inclusive stories, revel in the magnificent preservation of the Great House and the land, or explore the nature trails to encourage ideas of the past and forge new understanding for the future. 

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Colonial Foodways Cooking Demonstration

Led by 18th-century baker Justin Cherry, this program will discuss baking in the clay oven, and feature recipes from colonial Virginia and the south as well as some from Richard Henry Lee’s own hand in 1784. Program supported by Virginia Humanities. Virtual program via Zoom.




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