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.


Alan Pritchard

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

There are a lot of educational things to see. I recommend visiting during one of the many special events that are scheduled. The wine and oyster festival was wonderful.

Kimberly Davis

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017

Fascinating site, with great insight into one of America's First Families. Be sure and admire the exterior of the house from the path leading up to it! - Suggest the guide also pause and describe the exterior, arachitecture design orientation materials etc. Also, most such sites now explain more the role of enslaved people in making that life, livable.

John McFarland

Friday, July 14, 2017

Outstanding tour guide for main house. More like an English Manor house than a plantation house. Excellent work on preservation. Lots of walking. Excellent dining room for lunch. Good service. Have cabins for overnight. Excellent view of the river?

Daniel Draper

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017

Always a nice place to visit! Robert E. Lee's birthplace with a great mansion to view as well as outer buildings (kitchen, stables, slave quarters, spring house), however could be kept in better shape and admission and tour prices are rather high.

Sheri Colbert

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017

Wish the smokers would of not been given the best location in the shade.. next year rethink the layout of the stage with musicians. Last year's location was much nicer!