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Reading Lee series with Dr. William (Jack) C. Davis


2017 Reading Lee series with Dr. William (Jack) C. Davis , Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Peacemakers of 1865

Central Rappahannock Regional Library
1201 Caroline Street | Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Friday, January 27, 2017, 7PM-9PM

What is the Reading Lee Series?
The Reading Lee series is our gift to interested audiences. Funded through the generosity of the Lee - Jackson Education Foundation, Stratford Hall presents yearly the finest Civil War era authors now writing free to the interested public.

A story is always better if you have someone to share it with. Robert E. Lee knew better than most how desperate was the condition of the confederacy in the winter of 1864-65. Little known is his involvement in efforts by some high leaders to bring about an armistice, and even a negotiated peace at the cost of reunion if necessary, to end the South's bleeding. That story adds depth and complexity to what we think we know about this enduring American hero.

Dr. William (Jack) C. Davis will be available to sign books!
William Charles "Jack" Davis is an American historian who was a Professor of History at Virginia Tech and the former Director of Programs at that school's Virginia Center for Civil War Studies He has written more than 50 books on the American Civil War and other aspects of early southern U.S. history. He is the only four-time winner of the Jefferson Davis Prize for Confederate history and was awarded the Jules F. Landry Award for Southern history. His book Lone Star Rising has been called "the best one-volume history of the Texas revolution yet written".

Schedule of Activities:
• 6:15 Doors open to auditorium of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library
• 6:15 Musical presentation by Evergreen Shade
• 7:00 Lecture from Dr. William C. Davis: Title: Robert E. Lee and the Confederate Peacemakers of 1865
• 8:15 Lecture concludes
• 8:15 Evergreen Shade preforms to close of event
• 8:15 Book signing in auditorium
• 9:00 event closes

Contact for more information: Jon Bachman, 804-493-1972

#lecture #fxbg #nnk #robertelee #civilwar

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Valentine’s Dinner and Lodging Package

The Inn at Stratford Hall has created the perfect weekend getaway. Enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner in the main Dining Room while a warm fire crackles in the fireplace and live piano music plays in the background. A four-course meal will be served with live a complimentary glass of bubbly. Lodging accommodations are also available, with our Plantation Breakfast Buffet and late checkout included in your stay.

Overnight lodging package is $280 (Includes tax and gratuity). This package includes dinner for two, overnight stay in one of our guest houses, late checkout, and breakfast buffet.

Dinner is $140 per couple including tax and gratuity. Dinner will be served from 6:30-8:30pm.

Reservations are required. This weekend and dinner event sold out last year. Make your plans today!


First Course
Tequila-Lime Marinated Shrimp
Served with Ancho Chili Sauce

Second Course
Garden Greens with Brie and Pear
Served with Grand Marnier Vinaigrette

Third Course
Tournedos Medallions aux Champignons
Pommes Dauphinoise, Broccoli, Baby Carrots

Fourth Course
Chocolate Terrine au Cognac

Coffee or Tea
Roll and Butter

Call the Reservations Desk to book dinner or your weekend 804-493-1967. Great House tour tickets are not included in pricing.

#valentinesday #romance #weekendgetaways #stratfordhall #love

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Wintering Waterfowl with Andrew Dolby

Stratford Hall lies at the heart of eastern Virginia’s prime overwintering habitat for Tundra Swans, Ruddy Ducks, Buffleheads, and other waterfowl visitors. Some fly thousands of miles each fall from the shores of the Arctic Ocean, while others make their way from North America’s Prairie Pothole region to the Northern Neck’s sheltering rivers, creeks, and ponds. This illustrated presentation will provide identification tips and natural history information for the ducks, geese, and swans that make Virginia their winter home. It will be followed by a field trip to a nearby waterfowl-watching hotspot. Binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided.

Schedule of Activities:

• 9:00 – 10:30 Lecture and Q/A duPont Library
• 10:30- 10:45 break and leave for field experience –grounds of Stratford Hall and at George Washington Birthplace National Monument.
• 11:00 – 1:00 field observations

Andrew Dolby is Professor and current Chair of the Biology Department at Mary Washington University. A behavioral ecologist who holds a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, Dr. Dolby’s current research interests include winter thermoregulatory adaptations in birds.

Cost: $30.00 per person. Groups of 3 or more $15.00 each. FREE to FOS Members. (Does not include Great House tour ticket).

Registration strongly encouraged –not required. Contact: Jon Bachman 804-493-1972 or email

Photo credit: Steve Collins Photography

#birding #lecture #waterfowl #stratfordhall #fxbg #nnk #NoVa

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Robert E. Lee Birthday Commemoration


Join us as we commemorate Robert E. Lee’s birthday on Saturday, January 14, 2017, and on Thursday, January 19, 2017. On both days there will be free gate admission and free visits to the Great House where Robert E. Lee was born. There will be live music, refreshments, scavenger hunt for the kids, and food will be available. On Saturday, January 14, Al Stone who portrays Robert E. Lee will be onsite and doing a signing of his new book. Also on Saturday, The Civil War Civilians of Spotsylvania will be in the Visitor Center illustrating the civilian side of the time just prior, during and just following the American Civil War.

Saturday, January 14, 2017 Schedule:
• 9:30 AM-5:00 PM FREE admission.
• 9:30 AM -5:00 PM In the Preservation Gallery: Civil War Civilians of Spottsylvania, historical interpreters.
• 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Birthday cake and refreshments in Visitor Center
• 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Al Stone, famed Lee personage and interpreter will be on the grounds and in the Great House. Al Stone will also be signing his book, GeneraLee Speaking, My Life as a Living Historian, in Gift Shop from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
• 10:00 AM-4:00 PM FREE visits to the historic Great House
• 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Sweet and Sassy BBQ Visitor Center Picnic Area
• 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Robert E Lee Kids Scavenger Hunt with Gift Shop prizes
• 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Marshall and Company performing 19th century music offerings
• 11:30 AM-4:00 PM Lunch in Stratford Hall Dining room
• 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Al Stone book signing
• 5:00 PM Visitor Center closes

For more information, contact Jon Bachman, 804-493-1972 or email

#free #freeadmission #robertelee #birthday #stratfordhall

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One of the more recent gifts to Stratford is a set of postcards sold by the Lee Memorial Birthplace Committee of the Patriotic Order Sons of America in the 1910s. The set (24 cards total) sold for fifty cents, and members who sold ten sets received a certificate (shown on the postcard on the right). The fund’s goal was to raise $75,000 to purchase and preserve Stratford as a memorial to the Lees. This was over a decade before the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation was formed to purchase the property for $240,000. 

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Mark your calendars for Stratford’s 2017 Events! If you wish to sign up for any events or need more information, contact Jon Bachman at 804-493-1972 or email

For a full list, click here:

#calendarofevents #stratfordhall #2017 #northernneck #NNK #fxbg #fredericksburg #virginia

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The Inn at Stratford Hall's Chef Andy is preparing a delicious Thanksgiving Dinner! Delicious food... no mess!

Thanksgiving Dinner at Stratford Hall
November 24 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Seatings are available at: 12 noon; 12:30 p.m.; 1:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; 3:00 p.m.; 3:30 p.m.; 4:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m.; and 5:00 p.m. Reservations are required.

Dinner will be served buffet style.

The dinner menu includes:
• Roasted turkey with gravy and stuffing
• Carving station serving Virginia baked ham
• Roast beef
• Vegetables: Green beans, sweet potatoes & mashed potatoes
• Macaroni and cheese
• Corn pudding
• Full salad bar with assorted dressing and condiments
• Assorted dinner rolls and butter
• Desserts: Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie.

Beverages include coffee and iced tea.

The prices of the meal are: $49.95 for adults and children over age 12, $27.95 for children ages 12 and under, and free for children age 5 and under. The price includes tax and gratuity.

The prices does not include alcoholic beverages or Great House tours.

For reservations, please call Lesley Brooks at 804-493-1967.

#thanksgivingdinner #thanksgiving #fredericksburg #richmond #washingtondc #montross #northernneck
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Custis Glover, Stratford's former Board Chair and Lee descendant, enjoys bringing her puppy Maggie to play and walk the trails. Maggie is a welcomed visitor and the staff is always happy to see her!

Stratford is very puppy-friendly! Leashed dogs are permitted everywhere except in the Gift Shop, the Dining Room, the galleries in the Visitor Center, outbuildings in the historic area, the Great House and the gristmill. Pet owners are responsible for the picking up and disposal of animal waste. Please note that service animals are exempt from restrictions.

#puppyfriendly #ilovedogs #puppy #dog

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The Swiss Ambassador visits Stratford Hall

On November 7, 2016, Stratford Hall had the great honor of hosting Ambassador Martin Dahinden, Ambassador from Switzerland to the United States of America. An original portrait of Robert E. Lee, painted by Swiss artist Frank Buchser, hangs in the Swiss Residence.

In 1869 Buchser completed the portrait before ending his visit to the United States as part of a broader appeal by the Swiss government to capture the post-war mood in America. This subject of this painting, coupled with Ambassador Dahinden’s great interest in American history, prompted his visit to Stratford.

The Ambassador took the opportunity to tour the Great House and Visitor Center, view the cliffs and shoreline, and have lunch in the dining room.

From left to right: Ambassador Dahinden; Susanne Madigan, Project Manager, Communications & Public Diplomacy at Embassy of Switzerland; John Bacon, President of Stratford Hall; and Judy Hynson, Director of Research and Library Collections, Stratford Hall.

#switzerland #swiss #stratfordhall #robertelee #ambassador

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This program is a perfect marriage for the foodie and the historian. Today is the last day to sign up!

Drawing extensively from Dr. Deetz's work. "When Her Thousand Chimneys Smoked: Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks and Their Kitchens," she offers a wide-ranging interdisciplinary examination of Virginia’s enslaved plantation cooks seeking to advance our understanding of their contributions to Virginia’s rich cultural traditions.

Call Jon Bachman, 804-493-1972 or email to register.

For more information on this program, click:

#blackhistory #cooking #foodculture #foodie
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