Events & Programs
Upcoming Events & Virtual Programs
Come enjoy a hands-on photography event where you will learn to photograph the night sky and stars! Beginners are welcome, but photography experience is preferred. The Milky Way may be visible towards the end of the photography session. This event is led by Josh Stansfield and his work can be found at joshstansfieldphoto.com or on Instagram at @joshstansfieldphoto.
Photo credit: Josh Stansfield, 2019
Friday, May 14 – Night Photography Workshop
Wednesday, August 11 – Milky Way Photography Workshop
Limited space available and pre-registration is required. For any questions, please contact Alex Withers at email@example.com.
Hidden in the Walls: Secrets of the Enslaved Community at Stratford Hall
Saturday, May 29: 7 – 9 pm
In March of 2021, a reevaluation of Stratford Hall’s existing collections revealed evidence that illuminate the stories of the enslaved African and African Americans who built, labored, and lived at Stratford Hall. Join Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, & Visitor Engagement, Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, for a lecture and discussion focusing on the recent findings, the forthcoming exhibit, and the importance of reevaluating evidence to help render the stories of the enslaved.
Virtual program via Zoom. Registration is required. We invite you to pay as you wish (suggested amount $8) to support lectures like this and future programs at Stratford Hall. A contribution can be made online with your registration or by mail to the following address: Development, Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558.
Free for Friends of Stratford.
Summer Teacher Institute: Teaching Difficult Topics
July 26 – 31, 2021
Stratford Hall will host an esteemed faculty for a rigorous examination of American democracy. The
program will include lectures, field trips, and hands-on pedagogy workshops.
To Apply: The Institute is open to any certified K-12, public or private, teacher, and past attendees
may reapply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, beginning on April 15, 2021, and open until capacity is reached. Please download and complete the below Teacher Institute 2021 application and email to Dr. Kelley Deetz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to COVID-19 mandated restrictions, this year’s Institute will be offered as a hybrid (in-person limit of 25, online limit of 15). We ask that participants adhere to all state regulations and Stratford Hall COVID-19 policies while on site.
Note: This image was taken prior to COVID-19. Guests are required to wear face masks indoors.
Potomac River Sunset Yoga
Take the opportunity to unwind and experience the mindfulness of yoga and the natural beauty of the Stratford Hall landscape on the banks of the Potomac River at sunset. Join Blake Slusser (RYT200), owner of Mums and Bubs, as she leads yoga classes on the beach of Stratford Hall.
From June – October, Blake will offer a Vinyasa Flow (intermediate class) focusing on strength and conditioning at 6:30 pm and a Restorative (beginner class) focusing on stretching and relaxation at 7 :15 pm. Participants are welcome to participate in both sessions – please register for both sessions.
Reservations are required. For questions, contact Alex Withers at email@example.com.
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Saturday, October 2
Stratford Hall Paleontology Excursions
Dating from the Miocene Epoch-approximately 17 to 10 million years ago, the Cliffs, which are part of the Calvert Formation, are a rear geological phenomenon ranking among the most important fossil research sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. Come spend a day at the Cliffs, explore our private beach, and hunt for fossils at Stratford Hall.
This is a weather dependent activity. Excursions are rated at a moderately strenuous activity level requiring long periods of walking/hiking, standing, stooping, bending and occasional climbing over washed up debris or felled trees. Minimum age requirement for paleo excursions is 8 years old.
Limited space is available and pre-registration is required.
Additional information will be provided to attendees following registration. Please contact Kelly Childress at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Saturday, June 12 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 17 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, August 14 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Save the Date: Stratford Hall Wine & Oyster Festival!
Saturday, September 18 and Sunday, September 19
Exclusive Signature Sponsor: C&F Bank
Stratford Hall’s annual Wine & Oyster Festival returns this fall! Unfolding in front of the 18th-century Great House, Stratford Hall’s signature event features tastings from Virginia wineries, coastal oysters, craft breweries, spirits, artisan booths, live music, and family-friendly activities. The Great House will be open for tours and opportunities will be available to explore the over 1,800 acres throughout Stratford Hall. Make it an overnight in one of our three lodging options!
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Development office at email@example.com or (804) 493-1974. If you would like to be featured as a vendor in this year’s festival, contact Alex Withers at firstname.lastname@example.org.