Special Projects and Event Sponsorship

There are a number of exciting funding opportunities available for Stratford Hall supporters.  These projects range from object conservation to preservation and special event sponsorship.  We welcome funding in entirety or in part for any of the projects listed.

For more information, please contact Laura Fortsch, Director of Development, at (804) 493-1974 or by email at lfortsch@stratfordhall.org

Sponsorship of Stratford Hall’s Annual Wine & Oyster Festival

The annual Wine and Oyster Festival celebrates the rich heritage of seafood and drink in Virginia on the grounds of Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia. This event is now considered to be one of the premier wine festivals in Virginia and the largest festival of any kind on the Northern Neck. The Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival is a highly regarded and established event that attracts thousands of visitors annually.  We invite you to become a sponsor to support the work that we do at Stratford Hall and  to receive a variety of benefits offered including tickets to the event, name/logo on website and print materials, recognition on Stratford Hall’s social media pages, and name displayed on event signage. To discuss these sponsor levels and opportunities please contact Laura Fortsch at (804 493-1974 or LFortsch@stratfordhall.org.

Sponsorship of Stratford Hall’s Oyster Roast & Auction

The Oyster Roast and Auction fundraises annually to support Stratford Hall’s educational programs, preservation of the c. 1738 Great House, and maintenance of Stratford Hall’s 1,900 acres. Each year, the success of our fundraising auction depends on the generous contributions from businesses and individuals who donate various items and packages to our live and silent auction and event sponsorship.


$2,500 is needed to fully fund this initiative

Over the years, many bright and motivated students have gained hands-on experience in collections management, preservation trades, research, interpretive education programs, and more. In addition to providing students with hands-on learning experiences, an internship provides important project support for Stratford Hall and allows us to give back to the museum community. And thanks to these internships, we have a significant number of ambassadors for Stratford Hall throughout museum and education institutions around the country.

Interns work full-time for 10 weeks during the summer. All internships include a stipend and on-site housing with kitchen and laundry facilities. A donation towards the Internship Fund will help ensure that future students continue to have this amazing opportunity. To fully fund one internship, a gift of $2,500 is needed for expenses related to the internship program including stipends, housing, work-related field trips, and office and work-related supplies.

Gifts of every size are welcomed and needed to support the robust internship program at Stratford Hall.




Conservation Opportunities

Conservation of Thomas Lee Shippen’s c. 1790 Waistcoat

$600 is needed to fully fund this project

The c. 1790 waistcoat was owned by Thomas Lee Shippen (1765-1798). Thomas was the son of Alice Lee and William Shippen and was a grandson to Thomas Lee (1690-1750), the original owner of Stratford Hall. The garment is a light green silk waistcoat with eleven silk-covered buttons down the center. The piece has working pockets at the waist and a deep stand-up collar. The piece needs conservation which will include surface cleaning, the stabilization of weak and damaged areas requiring fine hand stitching, and encapsulation of stand collar abraded silk areas with sheer net tulle. Thanks to a generous grant from the Preservation Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula we have $500 in hand but still need $600 to bring this project to completion.

Education, Landscape, Collections and Preservation Projects

Please contact the Development Office for further information about giving opportunities for special projects in these areas. Past projects that have been funded in this manner include school field trips, symposiums, building preservation and maintenance, and landscape restoration.