Stratford Hall Plantation
Stratford, VA
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Brief Description: 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.

Location / Directions: Stratford Hall Plantation is located just off State Route 3 on State Route 214, six miles northwest of Montross, Virginia in Westmoreland County and 42 miles southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Directions from Washington:

From Eastern half of the Beltway: Take Maryland Route 5 South to U.S. Route 301 South. About 10 miles after crossing the Potomac River toll bridge, turn left onto Virginia Route 3 East. Follow Route 3 for 20 miles, then take a left onto Route 214 at Lerty, Virginia. Follow Route 214 for 2 miles. Stratford's gate is on the left.

From the Western half of the Beltway: Take I-95 South to Virginia Route 3 East (exit 130A on I-95) in Fredericksburg. Follow Route 3 for about 45 miles, then take a left onto Route 214 at Lerty, Virginia. Follow Route 214 for 2 miles. Stratford's gate is on the left.

Directions from Richmond:

Take Route 360 East to Warsaw, Virginia. In Warsaw, take Route 3 West to Montross, Virginia. From Montross, continue on Route 3 to Route 214 at Lerty Virginia. (It is 5 miles past the town of Montross.) Turn right and follow Route 214 for 2 miles. Stratford's gate is on the left.

Address: Stratford Hall Plantation
Route 214
Stratford, VA 22558
Visitor Phone: (804) 493-8371
Business Phone: (804) 493-8038
Activities: Tour the Great House, gardens and numerous outbuildings, including reconstructed slave quarters and the Stratford Mill. Special tours are also available by appointment for an additional fee ($11.00, plus regular admission), including: Decorative Arts Tour, Architectural Tour and a Garden Tour. Call in advance for appointments.

Educational Programs Tours / Walking Tours

Operating Hours:

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
Visitor Facilities: In addition to the historic structures, a log cabin dining room in a wooded setting serves traditional Southern meals throughout the year and is available for private functions. Ground or sliced Virginia ham, homemade biscuits and fried chicken are available for take out with advance notice. Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Open for Thanksgiving Dinner by reservation only. Closed from December 23, 2000 to January 4, 2001.

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