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Stratford Hall Plantation - Stratford, VA
Stratford Hall Plantation
Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting on a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style set it apart from other colonial houses, but its highest distinction is the family of patriots who lived there alongside the Potomac.

Thomas Lee purchased the land for Stratford Hall Plantation in 1717 and built the brick Georgian Great House in the 1730s. At the Stratford Landing on the Potomac River, he built a wharf and grist mill. A successful tobacco planter and land speculator, he owned more than 16,000 acres in Virginia and Maryland. Lee's sons were signers of the Declaration of independence, and in 1807 Robert E. Lee, the future confederate general, was born at Stratford.

Today, the Plantation is still managed as a farm on 1,670 of its original acres. Visitors can tour the Great House, outbuildings and the Plantation grounds and gardens.


Stratford Hall is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. From the Visitor Center, which opens at 9:30 a.m., visitors can take Great House tours (on the hour) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and enjoy museum exhibits. The Gift Shop is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Stratford Hall Dining Room is open every day except Mondays for lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The gristmill is scheduled to be open on the 2nd Saturday of each month, April through October, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. Please call Stratford Hall's Visitor Center to confirm whether or not the mill will be open. The plantation's nature trails are open during normal visitor hours. The Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Library is open to researchers (by appointment only) on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Admission (Effective 8/21/04):

  • Adults (12 yrs. and up): $10.00
  • Adults (Groups of 20 or more, age 12 and up): $9.00
  • Seniors, Active Military, AAA members: $9.00
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation members: $9.00
  • Children 6-11: $5.00
  • Children (groups of 20 or more): $4.50
  • Children 5 and under: Free
For more information about Stratford Hall Plantation call (804) 493-8371 or visit the following website:

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