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“Historic home was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Stratford Hall Plantation

Stratford Hall Plantation
485 Great House Road, Stratford, VA 22558
804-493-8038
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Hiking
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Owner description: The birthplace of Robert E. Lee.
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Historic home was the birthplace of Robert E. Lee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Thomas Lee built this magnificent home in 1738 and four generations of the Lee family lived here including two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It is a large plantation in the Norhern Neck of Virginia that goes up to the Potomac River where they had wharfs for shipping in the river, a tobacco plantation and a grist mill.

The main building can be visted only by a guided tour which lasts.almost an hour. The history of the family and the house is presented and you can see the room where Robert E. Lee was born (there is very little original furnishing in the house) and this is where he lived for the first four years of his life.

The gounds can be toured, as well the as beautiful gardens and there are other buildings to tour including slave quarters. The visitors center has interesting items, videos and a section that goes into the history of the Lee's of Virginia and another section on the renovations being done to the house.

The grounds and buildings are open daily. Entrance fee is $10 for adults but there are senior and military discounts. This is an interesting place to visit especially for those interested in history.

Visited June 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Unwelcoming welcome”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

We arrived at 4:10 --- admittedly 10 minutes after the final tour of the day departed, but we weren't aware of that at 4:00 the entire place went on lockdown! Yet. We drove through the entrances and up to the welcome center where a decidedly unwelcoming welcome desk host told us "We're closed." We thought it odd that this didn't include a smile, or a recap of their hours, or a "But we hope you come back tomorrow", or even "Enjoy the drive on your way out." A big frown and a rude "We're closed" that wasn't exactly the embodiment of southern hospitality. But wait, it gets worse! We decided to drive by the Conference Center on the way out because we saw a sign for it and we're curious people. On the half mile or so drive to the conference center we noticed that a white Jeep Cherokee was following us so we pulled over and got out to say hello. That's when the really strange part of this story starts. A big disheveled man who didn't introduce himself, but who was clearly agitated, came running over demanding to see our "white tickets". When we said we had none he started repeatedly screaming GET OUT and gesturing wildly. I asked him why he was so angry to which he shouted (even though we were standing quite close by now) that we hadn't bought a ticket and accused us of trespassing. I replied that we hadn't come across anyone selling tickets, but that I would be happy to buy tickets since we were clearly on the property. At this he got so angry that I thought his head was going to explode! He threatened us and continued shouting so we left. All this happened while there were still many cars and people on the property, so we're not sure why we were singled out for this special welcome from Larry (we asked his name, but he wouldn't give us his last name nor tell us why he was authorized to confront us.) I was really looking forward to visiting the Stratford Hall, but I won't be back. But for those who do venture onwards, don't expect much of a welcome. And don't be late!
PS in case you're wondering, we're in our 60s and driving a Toyota rental car, so not quite the demographic of an outside agitator!

Visited June 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Worth visiting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Because of our interest in VA history, my husband and I really enjoyed our visit to Stratford Hall. The visitors' center has a very good exhibit on the history of the restoration of the house, which provides good insights into the early 20th c. efforts to preserve historic American architecture (especially through the efforts of dedicated women's groups). The only criticism we had was the quality of the guides, who contradicted each other with the information they provided--and were not particularly "academic" or unbiased in their views. Still, the house is amazing, and visitors can get real insights into the lives of the early landed gentry in Virginia. Also, the psychological insights one gets into what it must have meant to Robert E. Lee to lose this family home were valuable.

Visited May 2013
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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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“A famous family and beautiful estate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We read about Stratford Hall in an article in the New York Times on the Northern Neck of Virginia. We found that there are also accommodations, which were excellent, very comfortable, attractive, and reasonable. We stayed there two nights. Visiting Stratford Hall itself was extremely interesting because it has a unique architecture. It was home to the Lees who were important in the American Revolution, two of whom signed the Declaration of Independence. It is also the birthplace of Gen. Robert E. Lee. The tour was very informative about the family and life in 18th century Virginia. The grounds and outbuildings are very well restored, and there is a museum in which you could spend far more time than we were able to do. We had an excellent lunch of rainbow trout, grilled vegetables, and an apple/blackberry pie in their restaurant, which we were told had a new chef. And finally, the grounds are very extensive with fields, forest, and a sandy beach on the Potomac below cliffs in which many fossils have been found. We had a wonderful time and would love to go back again.

Visited May 2013
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Midlothian, Virginia
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“A Must Visit for History Buffs.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Robert E. Lee's birthplace is a must visit while you are touring Virginia. Located in the Northern Neck of Eastern Virginia, Stratford Hall is a beautiful home and grounds to visit. The tours are every hour on the hour and the guides are very knowledgeable about the history, renovation, and restoration of this amazing house. The home has been restored with period antiques and two floors are open for visitation. The tour includes the barns and outbuildings. The property has 4 amazingly large chimneys. There are hikes to take on the property if you wish and cabins are available should you wish to spend a few days in this part of Virginia. You will enjoy the wonderful property. It should not be missed. There is a gift house and a restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch.

Visited May 2013
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