Monday, March 5, 2007

historic house tour: stratford hall

A bright blustry March day marked the first of the Historic House tours: Stratford Hall. Built in 1738 by Thomas Lee, the house is situated high on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, and is the epitome of Georgian simplicity and symmetry. The high windows and floor plan of the house ~ a capital H ~ allow light to stream in from all directions, so the interior is simply brilliant! The house also has a lovely collection of 18th-century English and American furniture, including many pieces that once belonged to the Lee family. The outbuildings and gardens (the latter restored in the 1930s by the Garden Club of Virginia) are wonderful too. I wish I could include more photographs, but here are a few of my favorites:

The chamber (the crib in the corner supposedly belonged to Robert E. Lee).

The library (loved the desk).

Interior of one of the outbuildings.


Blissville said...

Such an imposing, almost fort-like structure (what a surprise!), whose massive chimneys pose more questions than answer. Who were the Robert Lee's (other than parents to the great General)? Must Wiki right now.

Anonymous said...

If you don’t know who the Lee's are you shouldn’t ask!
This elegant severe English Country house built in wilds of a colonial outpost - the courage to impose classical order in the wilderness. . .KDM

Janet said...

Ah, a classic north-south debacle! KDM, my dear, most Yankees are not so well acquainted with the significance of the Lee family in Virginia history. For those who would like more information on the Lee family, go to Wikipedia (