“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.”
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.
African American Material Culture at Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz will take you on a virtual trip through our collections to showcase the history, culture, and contributions of some of the enslaved African and African Americans at Stratford Hall. Focusing on archaeological evidence and archival sources, Deetz will illuminate their stories through some of the objects they left behind.
“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.”