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Stratford Hall

483 Great House Road

The Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization first incorporated in New York, purchased the Stratford Hall property in 1929 and began raising the funds to pay off its $240,000 price tag in the midst of the Great Depression. By the time of its dedication in 1935, Stratford Hall was paid for and most of the historic buildings and gardens had been restored.

When the Foundation incorporated in Virginia in the 1970s, our name was changed to the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association. The Association is currently comprised of around forty directors from across the country and Great Britain.

Stratford Hall, which occupies around 1900 acres along the Potomac River, is still farmed and has a public dining room, gift shop, research library, and visitor center. We offer guided tours of the original eighteenth-century Great House, and visitors can hike our nature trails, walk through the restored gardens, see museum exhibits, and view the cliffs from our overlook high above the Potomac. Our educational programs for school groups address a wide range of learning opportunities.

Mission Statement:

    Stratford Hall preserves the legacy of the Lee family and its plantation community, inspires an appreciation of America's past, and encourages commitment to the ideals of leadership,honor, independent thought and civic responsibility.

For visitors desiring an extended visit, we can provide overnight accommodations for individuals as well as for group retreats. Our professional, on-site staff is ready to help make your visit enjoyable and memorable.


Paul Bartow

Sunday, June 10, 2018
The ancestral home of the Lees dating back to circa 1738. Excellent interpretation, helpful staff, and magnificent grounds. Be sure to check out the Clifts and the beach. Bluebirds, deer, groundhogs, and bald eagles can all be spotted here, and the mill pond is teeming with fish. A true gem easy distance from DC. They also provide overnight lodging at the Inn for those who want to spend the weekend.

Jock McClees

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Fascinating place. Home of the Lee's in the 1700s. The family had many members who were important in the American Revolution and early history of the country. Also Robert E. Lee was born and lived there till he was 4. Well preserved and beautiful grounds.

Cahmbriel Ann Clackum

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
I was so excited to finally visit Stratford Hall, and I have to say I was very pleased with the preservation of the home and grounds, and I had a decently knowledgeable tour guide. My only issue, however, was with the bookstore. Rather than focusing on the Lee family or the rich 18th century history there, they have hyper-focused on the fact that Robert E Lee was born there, and consequently EVERYTHING in the gift shop is pretty much all Civil War, and most of it ENTIRELY unrelated to the site itself. I mean books, everything. (Save, I think, one copy of, "Light Horse Harry Lee in the War of Independence. I mean, at the very least his memoirs about the war are highly important and should be carried here.) There is rich 18th century history here, why not celebrate that as well?

Elijah Lewis

Sunday, March 4, 2018
I visited this historical location during the winter, so as a disclaimer, it may be much better during the warmer months. They offer tours of the main house with a helpful guide that last about 50 minutes, as well as grounds that house exhibits of what the various buildings would have looked like and operated as during the time period of the Lee family's ownership of the estate. Many of the buildings and several rooms in the house, however, were closed off to guests. A complete visit of the grounds should take about 2 hours, and they do offer numerous trails around the area as well as access to the beautiful cliffs overlooking the Potomac River.

Tim K

Thursday, May 3, 2018
This place is a great place to visit. Ms Martha (our tour guide) was awseome. It's great to know people of ALL ethnicity can work at places like this that are rich in history and becoming so tainted with our culture now. No one is perfect and so is a country. We learn from our bad parts of our history so that we can live in peace, which is what we all should really focus on. I do wish they would reopen the diner at the plantation, my family would've loved to experienced their dining facilty.

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