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Northern Neck: Menokin and Stratford Hall

Wednesday, August 16, 8:30am5:00pm
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Our day begins with a guided tour at Menokin, the home of Francis Lightfoot Lee and his wife, Rebecca Tayloe Lee of Mount Airy Plantation. Lee and his brother Richard Henry Lee were two of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence from Virginia. The Georgian-style mansion was built in 1769 and is one of the few eighteenth-century Virginia homes for which the original architectural drawings still exist. Menokin was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

Today, the mansion is a ruin; yet, a remarkable collection of colonial architectural elements remain, including: original stones, brick and mortar; queen posts and dragon beams; intact framing assemblages; and the interior woodwork. Instead of trying to restore the house to its original condition, the Menokin Foundation is in the midst of a preservation project that will reveal the historic fabric of the building to serve as a teaching tool for those studying early construction methods of Tidewater Virginia homes.

Our journey continues with lunch at and a guided tour of Stratford Hall, the plantation house of four generations of the Lee family of Virginia. It is the boyhood home of Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, and the birthplace of Robert E. Lee. Built by Thomas Lee in the late 1730s, the house is furnished with an outstanding collection of predominantly eighteenth-century American and English decorative arts. The estate was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960.

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