Welcome to the Stratford Hall Cultural Landscape Laboratory!


Dating to the late 1730s, the Stratford Hall Great House and its grouping of outbuildings are highly remarkable examples of colonial Virginia architecture.  Stratford Hall's history is equally striking: it was not only the site of a large-scale eighteenth-century tobacco plantation enterprise, but also the home of the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Since 1929, Stratford Hall has been cared for and made accessible to the public by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association.
 
Adding great interest to the Great House complex is Stratford Hall's extensive landholdings, consisting of nearly 1,900 acres and over two miles of Potomac River shoreline. This large property, not previously studied as a whole, as tremendous potential to reveal a fascinating landscape story from the prehistoric era to the twenty-first century. Work is underway to examine this landscape holistically.  This effort brings together a team consisting of Stratford Hall staff, faculty and graduate students from the University of Georgia's College of Environment and Design, and historic landscape professionals from the Georgia-based Jaeger Company ... working in tandem with the board of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association and other important stakeholders.