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Stratford Hall Plantation
The Lees are without a doubt Virginia's "first family." Patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence, they also include a family member who led the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
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Costumed re-enactors put on demonstrations for school groups and other visitors at Stratford Hall.
The visitors' center at Stratford Hall has many items that once belonged to Gen. Robert E. Lee and members of the Lee family.
Stratford Hall, built in 1738 by Thomas Lee, was home to the Lees of Virginia for nearly 100 years. Situated on the bluffs At the Stratford Landing on the Potomac River, in Westmoreland County, the Georgian Great House offered sweeping vistas, and the sprawling plantation was alive with agricultural and commercial activity.
Robert E. Lee, future General of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, was born at Stratford in 1807.
Today, The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association operates Stratford on 1670 of its original acres, as a center of historical research and education as well as a memorial to the famous general. School groups are frequent visitors, where students can interact with interpreters in period dress.
Visitors may tour the Great House - furnished with an outstanding collection of predominantly 18th-century American and English decorative arts …and stroll the beautifully landscaped and maintained grounds and gardens.
The plantation retains the flavor and character of a working farm, with a variety of farm animals living here….
The Visitors Center houses permanent exhibits illustrating the life and career of Robert E. Lee and members of his illustrious family.
Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting and its bold architectural style set it apart from any other colonial house, but its highest distinction is the family of patriots who lived there. A Northern Neck Family who left a large imprint on American History.