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Traditional 18th-Century Trades Fair

May 19, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Is your family experiencing cabin fever due to all this rain? Come on out to Stratford Hall tomorrow to experience our 18th Century Traditional Trades Fair! The event WILL take place as scheduled tomorrow, Saturday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. No need to worry about the weather as our demonstrators will be located in the Visitor Center, Great House, and surrounding historic structures! This will be a wonderful opportunity to watch as demonstrators work in historic spaces. 

Tickets are $15 for ages 13 & up, and FREE for kids 12 & under and Friends of Stratford. Tickets are sold at the gate and include a complimentary Grounds Pass.

Local restaurant 2 Fish Bistro and Tackle will be onsite selling hot dogs, hamburgers, barbeque, and drinks!


For more information contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or jbachman@stratfordhall.org.

Our thanks to the Stella Boyle Smith Trust for funding the Traditional 18th-Century Trades Fair.

Featured Artisans and Craftsmen

Matthew Sanbury. Matt is an Apprentice Historic Carpenter at Colonial Williamsburg. He is 3 years into a 6 year apprenticeship and enjoys hewing, framing, and roofing.

Andrew De Lisle. Andrew received his Journeyman papers as a Wheelwright from Colonial Williamsburg where he spent 13 years.  Andrew Enjoys Historic wheel and carriage work and is currently a Journeyman Carpenter at Black Creek Workshop LLC.

Aislinn Lewis. Aislinn is a graduate of the Ornamental Ironwork program at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston, SC. Upon graduating she completed a traditional 5 year apprenticeship in the Anderson Blacksmith Shop in Colonial Williamsburg where she currently works as a Journeyman Blacksmith.

Christopher Henkels. Chris completed a 4 year Apprenticeship in Blacksmithing through the Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg and became a Journeyman Blacksmith in 2013. He is currently a Journeyman Carpenter/Blacksmith and the Production Manager for Black Creek Workshop LLC.

Joel Anderson. A Trades Historian, specializing in the material culture of the Revolutionary War. Originally from South Carolina, Joel has trained and worked for several major historical sites along the east coast, developing trade skills in livestock husbandry, tailoring, shoemaking, military accoutrement production, and tinsmithing. He is currently apprenticing in the Colonial Williamsburg Tin Shop.

Steve Chabra. A Journeyman Carpenter for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation where he has worked in historic trades for the last 15 years. Steve was the lead carpenter for the windmill restoration at Colonial Williamsburg.

Marshall Scheetz, Master Cooper, is a Virginia based tradesman/artist who served a six-year apprenticeship under a traditional master cooper. He is recognized as one of the country’s few traditionally practicing coopers and is represented in both private and museum collections including the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and the Nantucket Historical Association. He is owner of Jamestown Cooperage LLC.

Benjamin Bristow. Ben began working in trades at 12 as a youth interpreter for the Geddy Foundry at Colonial Williamsburg. Ben has a BA in History and Art from Virginia Tech and has practiced preservation carpentry since 2004. Ben is the co-founder of the historic preservation firm Black Creek Workshop LLC located in Toano, Virginia.


May 19, 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Stratford Hall
483 Great House Road
Stratford, VA 22558 United States

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