Come visit Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia and birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Tour the Great house with one of our knowledgeable guides or tour at your own pace with a self-guided tour. After you've viewed the Great House take a stroll around our beautiful property. Explore the beaches, cliffs, hiking trails, mill and more. Come stay a night in one of our cozy cabins or guest houses and grab a bite to eat at our restaurant that serves scrumptious southern cooking.
Thomas Lee (1690-1750) was a founder of the Ohio
Company, a member of the governing Council of the colony, and, at his death,
was President of the Council and acting Governor of Virginia (the Royal
Governor not residing in the colony at the time). In 1717, he purchased the
property known as “The Clifts,” which he renamed Stratford for his
grandfather’s home in London. Around
1737-1738, Thomas began construction on the large brick Great House that
survives today. At the Stratford Landing on the Potomac River, he built a wharf
Thomas Lee and his wife, Hannah, raised a remarkable
family of six sons and two daughters. Their eldest son, Philip Ludwell Lee
(1727-1775), inherited Stratford. Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot Lee were
the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. Thomas Ludwell Lee
helped write Virginia’s resolves for independence and was one of the first
judges elected to Virginia’s Supreme Court. William and Arthur Lee were both
diplomats working to secure the European support during the Revolution. Hannah
Lee Corbin was a proponent of women’s rights. Her sister, Alice Lee, married
Dr. William Shippen of Philadelphia, who served as chief physician and director
general of the Continental Army hospitals.
Soon after the death of Philip Ludwell Lee,
Stratford Hall Plantation became the home of his eldest daughter, the “divine
Matilda” who married her cousin, Revolutionary War hero, “Light Horse Harry”
Lee. She died in 1790, leaving her husband a life interest in the Plantation.
In 1793, “Light Horse Harry” Lee married Ann Hill Carter of Shirley Plantation.
Their son Robert E. Lee, the future General of the Confederate Army, was born
at Stratford in 1807.
In 1929, the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association was
incorporated as a non-profit organization and purchased Stratford from the son
of Dr. Richard Henry Stuart. Stratford
Hall Plantation now consists of 1,900 acres. It is governed by a Board of
Directors representing 50 states and Great Britain. Operating funds come from
admissions and sales, contributions, and endowment.
Inn at Stratford Hall
Inn at Stratford Hall is a unique opportunity to stay on the property of one
the great historic houses in America. We have made every effort to make our two
guest houses comfortable and welcoming with a staff that is ready to make your
To make a reservation, please call
804.493.1966 or visit http://www.innatstratfordhall.org/.
The dining room serves lunch Monday to Friday from
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dinner
is served Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
(12 yrs. and up): $12.00
(Groups of 20 or more, age 12 and up): $11.00
(60 and up), AAA members: $11.00
(Groups of 20 or more, age 60 and up): $10.00
Trust for Historic Preservation members: $9.00
(groups of 20 or more): $6.00
5 and under: Free
Duty Service Members: Stratford has joined the Blue Star Museum Program that
allows free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day for active duty service
personnel with ID (or spouse if deployed) and up to five family members. For
more information on the program, visit Blue Star Museums.