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Stratford Hall announces 2013 events, lectures, symposiums

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Coaching Day at the Great House at Stratford Hall plantation in Westmoreland County is always a perennial favorite. (THE FREE LANCE-STAR)

Just in, courtesy of Jon Bachman, public events manager at Stratford Hall, the Lee family’s ancestral home on Virginia’s Northern Neck:

Stratford Hall 2013 Events

January 12, 2013    Winter Birding at Stratford Hall: Mixed species flocking

The habits, behaviors, and adaptation of birds found at Stratford during the winter months are examined through presentation, discussion and direct and field experience.

January 19, 2013     Lee’s Birthday Celebration

The annual celebration is free to the public and includes house tours, refreshments and live music.

January 24, 2013     Reading Lee with Gary Gallagher

Dr. Gallagher will present a program exploring the elements and results of his research into the military life of General Robert E. Lee. Held at the Wallace Library, headquarters of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, in Fredericksburg.

February 23, 2013     Reflections on Black History: The Rosenwald School at Kremlin, Virginia

The program will emanate from the restored Rosenwald School at Kremlin, Virginia and feature discussion and presentations by Stephanie Deutsch, noted Rosenwald scholar, alumni and family of former students and a panel discussion led by Darryl Fisher Pastor of the Jerusalem Baptist Church.

March 16, 2013     The Lee Women at Stratford: Choices at Hand

A  presentation by in character and in costume living history persons using primary source references will  highlight personal choices the Lee women had to navigate in the 17th to 19th centuries.

April 6, 2013      Annual Easter egg Hunt on the Oval

The popular annual event sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police.

April 13, 2013     Birding at Stratford: Mate Choice and Sexual Selection

Dr. Andrew Dolby offers another in a series of seasonal birding programs highlighted by both discussion and field experience.

April 20-21, 2013     Antiques at Stratford Hall

Epping Forest Antiques of Lively, Virginia, and Stratford Hall will partner to offer an antique showing for the general public. Event is planned to be located in the Preservation Gallery and the historic grounds area.

May 3-5, 2013     The Lee Symposium: Gettysburg

Stratford Hall will present the 4th Lee Symposium, which will explore the battle that marked the high tide of the Confederacy.  Nationally known historians will coordinate both tours and lectures.

May 25, 2013     Blacksmithing at Stratford Hall: Ore to Ax

Stratford Hall will host daylong demonstrations of iron smelting, forging and the work of the farrier.

June 1, 2013     Lees and Independence Family Fun Festival

The focus will be on a blend of fun and history and offered free to the general public.

June 8, 2013     Second Saturdays at Stratford: Colonial Milling

Visitors will have a chance to interact and discuss Colonial milling at the Stratford Mill with our miller in this all-day opportunity.

Portrait Drawing: Beginner and Intermediate with Kathy Waltermire

Kathy Waltermire, a noted local artist, will offer an all-day workshop on the basics of portrait drawing, and Kay Hawkins will provide a one-hour chair yoga instruction.

July 13, 2013     Second Saturday’s at Stratford: Discovering Archaeology at Stratford with Doug Sanford

Dr. Douglas Sanford, archaeologist with the University of Mary Washington, will be on hand for this daylong opportunity to discuss the ongoing archaeological research here at Stratford Hall.

Edible Plants of Virginia with Hal Wiggins

Mr. Wiggins, a nationally known author and naturalist, will offer both a discussion and field experience in identifying edible plants found at Stratford Hall. (Ages 8 and up, children must be accompanied by adult.)

July 25-27, 2013     3rd Annual Institute for Teachers

This popular teacher seminar will focus on the relationship of history, geography and economics of Colonial tidewater Virginia.

August 10, 2013   Second Saturday’s at Stratford: Fossils and Fun

Join a Stratford Hall staff member for daylong fossil collecting and identification.

September 7, 2013     Stratford Under Our Feet: The Geology and Paleontology of Stratford Hall

Dr. Robert Weems, a noted international paleontologist, will present a lecture and field experience opportunities.

September 21-22, 2013     7th annual Stratford Hall Wine Festival

This signature event at Stratford Hall brings together wineries, artisans and vendors for two days of fun music food and wine.

October 27, 2013     Historical Haunts

Stratford Hall’s annual Halloween event will use the “ghostly stories of Stratford” as a backdrop for tours of the Great House and grounds.  Trick or Treat on the Grounds of Stratford Hall, and enjoy refreshments and crafts opportunities.

November 9, 2013     Surviving in the Woods for Kids

Noted local naturalist Linda Bailey will offer a unique workshop on basic orienteering and survival skills for kids ages 8-13 (accompanied with an adult), fun, safe and important tips on how to handle getting lost in the woods!

December 11, 2013     Holiday Decoration Workshop with Mary Young Tracy

Seasonal decoration tips and projects presented by noted florists.

December 14, 2013     1774: A Stratford Hall Christmastide

This annual Stratford Hall event will offer lights and sounds of 1774. Throughout the house and grounds, the season will come alive with dancing, crafts, and music.

To register for any program, please either email rsvp@stratfordhall.orgfax 804-493-0333, call Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972, or leave a voicemail message at 804-493-8038, ext. 7787.

For more information about the historic site and its beautiful natural areas, email  or call 804.493.8038.