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Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Its magnificent setting on a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style set it apart from other colonial houses, but its highest distinction is the family of patriots who lived there alongside the Potomac.
Thomas Lee purchased the land for Stratford Hall Plantation in 1717 and built the brick Georgian Great House in the 1730s. At the Stratford Landing on the Potomac River, he built a wharf and grist mill. A successful tobacco planter and land speculator, he owned more than 16,000 acres in Virginia and Maryland. Lee's sons were signers of the Declaration of independence, and in 1807 Robert E. Lee, the future confederate general, was born at Stratford.
Today, the Plantation is still managed as a farm on 1,670 of its original acres. Visitors can tour the Great House, outbuildings and the Plantation grounds and gardens.