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Stratford Hall Plantation ca.1930-1987

Birthplace:
Lee, Robert E (Robert Edward) 1807-1870
Landscape architect:
Innocenti, Umberto
Hopkins, Alden
Innocenti & Webel
Restoration architect:
Kimball, Fiske 1888-1955
Physical description:
1 folder+ 9 glass lantern slides and 23 35 mm. slides
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, Virginia, Westmoreland County, Stratford
Virginia
Stratford
Stratford Hall Plantation (Stratford, Virginia)
Date:
1930
1930-1987
ca1930-1987
Notes:
Built ca. 1730, Stratford Hall was home to the Lee family until the early 1800s. Relatives subsequently bought and lived in the property until the turn-of-the-century when the Robert E. Lee memorial Foundation took over the property to restore and open as a museum. In the early 1930s, The Garden Club of Virginia restored the formal East Garden in an eighteenth-century English style. They restored a flat area to a terraced garden enclosed by brick walls. Parterres are outlined with English Box. The West Garden, planned by Innocenti and Webel, is a utilitarian part of the garden planted with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, and ornamental flowers. The North Vista and Nature Trail are additional parts of the estate.
Persons associated with the property include: Thomas Lee (former owner, ca. 1729-1750); Robert E. Lee (birthplace, 1807); Philip Ludwell Lee (former owner, 1750); Matilda Lee (former owner); Henry Lee (former owner, 1798-1828); Mrs. Starke (former owner); Dr. Richard Stewart (former owner); Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation (owners, 1929); Morley Jeffers Williams (presenter of restoration plans, 1932); Fiske Kimball (restoration architect, 1939-1940); Umberto Innocenti of Innocenti & Webel (landscape architect, 1941-1955); Garden Club of Virginia (east garden restoration, 1930); Alden Hopkins (landscape architect, 1955-1960); A. G. Smith (landscape architect, 1960-1981); and Ronald L. Wade (superintendent of gardens and grounds, 1981).
Summary:
Folders include worksheets, brochures, and copies of articles.
Publications:
Garden has been featured in Merrill Folsom, Great American Mansions and Their Stories (New York: Hastings House, Publishers), pp. 70-76
Garden has been featured in Garden Club of Virginia, Historic Virginia Gardens: Preservations (The University Press of Virginia, 1975)
Garden has been featured in James M. Fitch & F. F. Rockwell, Treasury of American Gardens (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956), p. 10
Garden has been featured in Brandon, Homes and Gardens in Old Virginia (Richmond, Virginia: Garrett and Massie, Incorporated, 1962), pp. 147-153
Garden has been featured in Alice B. Lockwood, ed., Gardens of Colony and State (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934), pp. 68-71
Garden has been featured in Edith Tunis Sale, ed., Manors of Virginia (Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1909), pp. 79-91
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
VA002000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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