World-Renowned Opera Lafayette to Perform in the Great Hall at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (March 23, 2015) – Join us on April 25, 2015 for an exciting collaboration between Stratford Hall and Opera Lafayette. This collaboration will bring this internationally famous Opera to Stratford Hall for a one-night performance in the historic Great Hall. Founded in 1995 in Washington, DC, by Conductor …

Stratford Hall Receives Virginia Tourism Grant for Tourism Marketing

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release                                                                                   STRATFORD, VA, (September 25, 2014) –Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that Stratford Hall received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $852,000 for 46tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.The grants …

Go Native–Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.org   For Immediate Release   From Stratford Hall and the Northern Neck Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society                                                  Go Native—Grow Native Plants Festival at Stratford Hall October 4, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   Program will feature Dick Cheatham portraying Colonial Botanist John Clayton   …

TOGA’s Partnership with the Wine & Oyster Festival

The current partnership between the Tidewater Oyster Garners Association (TOGA) and Stratford Hall began in 2011 with a simple demonstration.   TOGA a non-profit organization established in 1997 had been invited to participate at the annual Wine Festival. TOGA booth display was very simple and captivating.  Two side by side aquariums contained oysters.  One of the aquariums was filled with muddy …

Robert E. Lee’s Slouch Hats

In 1977, Stratford Hall Plantation acquired a slouch hat worn by one of its famous occupants. Loaned long-term by the Comte de Grasse chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution from the historic Yorktown Customhouse, the Robert E. Lee campaign slouch hat (1981.080) was worn during the Civil War by General Lee. The decision to send the hat to …

What about the children at Stratford?

When we look at Stratford today, we see a relatively calm landscape. A house, outbuildings, gardens, work spaces, living areas, fields, barns, and all of them are (on an ordinary day) pretty darn quiet. But that wouldn’t have necessarily been the case during the Lee family’s ownership of Stratford. The historical record tells us quite vividly that there were children …

Preservation Month at Stratford Hall…

May is recognized as Preservation Month around the country but here at Stratford Hall every month is Preservation Month. On the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s website for Preservation Month you will find the following paragraph: “May is Preservation Month! As in years past, the National Trust for Historic Preservation encourages preservation and Main Street organizations to use this month-long …

Founding Mothers

Hannah Harrison Ludwell Lee was a mother to eleven children, only eight would survive to adulthood, two of whom, Francis Lightfoot Lee and Richard Henry Lee, signed the Declaration of Independence. Women’s lives in the eighteenth century were usually centered on their families. Some became responsible for the sewing that kept their families clothed.  Hannah, however, could provide wealth and …

Image is Everything: 18th-Century Fashion and the Lees

Fashion crossed the Atlantic as fast as the ships could travel. The Lees, like many others in colonial Virginia, enjoyed and looked forward to the latest styles in clothing and fabrics. By 1750 the consumer revolution had brought about cheaper copies of fashionable styles, allowing members of all classes to partake in fashionable dress. With this, fashion began to represent …

Special Announcement for Northern Neck Social Studies, History and Geography Teachers

                                                           Media Contact:Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 For Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (April 30, 2014) –Northern Neck teachers of United States history, geography and Virginia studies are encouraged to apply nowfor a fellowship for the 4th Annual Summer Institute for Teachers to be held at Stratford Hall on July 16-19, 2014.The institute is open to …

Image Is Everything: 18th Century Fashion of the Lees

                                                 Media Contact:Jim Schepmoes 804-493-1971 jschepmoes@stratfordhall.orgFor Immediate Release STRATFORD, VA, (April 30, 2014) –Join us on May 10, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon, as members of the George Washington Young Friends (GWYF) will be presenting a program featuring the fashions of the Stratford Lees as depicted in their portraits.  Moderated by Sue Bailey …