Immerse Yourself in Stratford Hall

A National Historic Landmark, Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its surrounding community, inspires an appreciation of America’s past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership, honor, independent thought, and civic responsibility. Established by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Four generations of the Lee family passed through its stately doors including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War hero “Light Horse Harry” Lee, and his son, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who was born at Stratford Hall in 1807.

Nestled along the Potomac River, Stratford Hall’s nearly 2,000 acres comes to life through the presentation and preservation of the 18th-century Great House, vibrant gardens, natural trails revealing breathtaking river views, and the stories of all who lived here. Telling the stories of the Lees, the enslaved and indentured laborers, and the women of Stratford Hall inspires our understanding and commitment to our nation’s history. 

We invite you to experience all that Stratford Hall has to offer. Immerse yourself in the inclusive stories, revel in the magnificent preservation of the Great House and the land, or explore the nature trails to encourage ideas of the past and forge new understanding for the future. 

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African American Foodways Virtual Cooking Demonstration

Stratford Hall’s 1738 kitchen will become center stage with historical interpreter and chef, Dontavius Williams.  Cooking traditional early African American dishes, Williams will share stories of plantation kitchen labor and the influence of 18th-century meals on American cuisine and culture. Join us for this virtual program on Tuesday, September 22 at 7pm, moderated by Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz, Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement.




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