Events & Programs
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3
Food, Politics & Colonial Women
A Taste of Democracy: Federal Cake, Liberty Tea, and Culinary Activism in the Early Republic,
Join us for virtual slices of Federal Cake and a cup of Liberty Tea as Dr. Nancy Siegel explore links among food, drink, and politics in the years surrounding the American Revolution. Virtual program via Zoom.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
Fall Colors Kayaking
Enjoy the fall foliage with a guided tour along the Potomac River
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17
Welcome Fall at Stratford Hall
Gift Shop Open House, Selection of Virginia Wines, Craft Brews, Harvest Activities
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30
African American Material Culture at Stratford Hall
Stratford Hall’s Director of Programming, Education, and Visitor Engagement Dr. Kelley Fanto Deetz will take us on a virtual trip through our collections to showcase the history, culture, and contributions of some of the enslaved African and African Americans at Stratford Hall. Focusing on archaeological evidence and archival sources, Deetz will illuminate their stories through some of the objects they left behind. Virtual program via Zoom.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10
Colonial Maps, Trade & the Atlantic World
Justin Fornal, host of UNEXPLAINED & UNEXPLORED, Discovery Channel’s premiere series on ancient maps, takes us to parts unknown to explain how cartography shaped the colonial world. Justin will discuss how different maps were made, what their complex symbols mean, and how they were utilized for both war, trade, and conquest. Virtual program via Zoom.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Colonial Foodways Cooking Demonstration
Led by 18th-century baker Justin Cherry, this program will discuss baking in the clay oven, and feature recipes from colonial Virginia and the south as well as some from Richard Henry Lee’s own hand in 1784. Virtual program via Zoom.
Program supported by a grant from Virginia Humanities.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
The Lees & Liquor: The role of alcohol in the 18th century
Official explorer for Laphroiag Single Malt Whiskies, Justin Fornal takes us on a spirited journey through the libations of the Colonial era. Justin will give special focus to the Lees of Virginia and the celebratory beverages of Stratford Hall. Virtual program via Zoom.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12
Experience the magic of the season at a special holiday program colonial cooking demonstrations, holiday decorations workshop, live music, and a special visit with Santa Claus.
PAST EVENTS & PROGRAMS
January 18: Lee Family Birthday Celebration
January 24: Reading Lee: “The Perfect Man: The Mystery of Robert E. Lee”
February 28: Storytelling through Artifacts: African and African American Culture at Stratford Hall
March 14: Leading Ladies: The Material Culture of the Lee Women of Stratford Hall (postponed due to COVID-19)
March 21: Spring at Stratford Hall (canceled due to COVID-19)
April 4: Hands On History & Science Day (postponed due to COVID-19)
April 11: Easter Egg Hunt (canceled due to COVID-19)
July 24: Summer Teachers Institute
August 19: Colonial Milling & Brewing Virtual Program
August 25: African American Foodways Virtual Cooking Demonstration
September 8: Tobacco Pipes & Culture in the Colonial Era Virtual Program
September 19 & 20: Wine & Oyster Festival (postponed to 2021)
September 22: African American Foodways Virtual Cooking Demonstration