THE GREAT HOUSE
About The Great House
The Stratford Hall plantation house was established by Thomas Lee in 1738 and would become home to four generations of one family who helped define a nation. The Great House comes to life through the preservation and presentation of 18th-century furnishings, paint, and period-specific objects — all with the freedom to choose where and what you want to see and hear as you walk the historic grounds.
Generations of Courage
Stratford Hall was a bustling center of culture, commerce, and revolutionary ideas throughout the nearly 85 years the home was owned by the Lees of Virginia. Audio tours of the Great House and its surrounding buildings, which include the workshop, kitchen, and reconstructed slave quarters, tell the stories of all those who lived at Stratford Hall, including the Lee men and women and enslaved and indentured laborers. These stories can be interpreted through an outstanding collection of cherished furniture, china, and artifacts that bring Stratford Hall to life. Stop-by-stop and room-by-room visitors can experience what happened in each location and how it all connects. Original colonial pine floors, brick masonry, and oil paintings including those of “Light Horse Harry Lee” by Gilbert Stuart and General Lafayette by Thomas Sully reflect the culture, impact, and resources of the Lee family.