This Place Matters…

…and that is why all these people in the picture are involved at Stratford Hall–this is more than just a job. This picture was taken to kick off Stratford Hall’s celebration of Preservation Month, which begins today. Many of our staff members are included in this photo, including the Executive Director, members of the Board of Directors, senior staff, interpreters, …

Earth Day and the Environment

Happy Earth Day! I thought we could use this opportunity to talk a bit about environmental education at Stratford Hall. Many people know us as a historic site, but we’re always expanding our program offerings to include even more than history. With these changes, we’ll address more of Virginia’s Standards of Learning for school programs–not just history, but science and …

Library Cataloging Project: Wm Lee Letter Books

The most tedious part of the effort to catalog all of the duPont Library’s manuscript collection on computer has been the four letter books used by William Lee to keep records of his mercantile correspondence. William, born 1739 in Westmoreland County, was the next to youngest son of Thomas Lee, builder of Stratford. He learned accounting skills while serving as …

Southwest Furnishing Research

The Southwest outbuilding is currently closed to the public during this restoration and reinterpretation phase. Right now I am researching the history of the use of this building – we aren’t quite sure what the Lees and other residents of Stratford used the building for in the 18th and 19th centuries. An 1801 insurance document indicates it may have been …

Visitor Center project

As some of you may know, we are embarking on a comprehensive campaign. One piece of this campaign involves redoing our current visitor center (and building on to it) to make it more visitor-friendly. Building a new visitor center is a daunting task, and we’re beginning to visit area historic sites to get ideas and to see what everyone else …