DSDI Spring Meeting at Stratford Hall, Virginia

Join us for a family-oriented weekend for our next DSDI meeting at Stratford Hall, Virginia. All ages are invited to explore nature and history April 20-22, 2018, at the plantation home built by Thomas and Hannah Lee, the fifth great-grandparents of a DSDI member. Two of the Lee sons, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, signed the Declaration of Independence.

We plan to grind corn at the Stratford gristmill, search for ancient sharks’ teeth on the beach, walk along trails of the 1,900-acre property, which was featured in AMC TV’s “Turn” series, paddle kayaks on the Potomac River, dance in costume with an actor and historian who will portray Richard Henry Lee, explore the Great House with a guide, toast marshmallows over a bonfire and sign your name with a wild turkey quill to take home.

Bicycles and golf carts are available. There will be movies for younger folks and a separate planned debate and fun for Millennials. Leave your neckties at home!

All of the meals are planned within Stratford property, but you can order a box lunch for outings. For your long list of great ideas, visit George Washington’s birthplace just a mile away from Stratford; taste wine at the local vineyards; see “Menokin,” home of Francis Lightfoot Lee as an adult; have a yoga class; book a boat trip from Reedville, Va.; visit the Lee graves; or taste foods at local restaurants.

Within the plantation property, reserve a hotel room at the Cheek House or a cabin for a whole family for several generations. Call 804-493-1967 or reservations@stratfordhall.org and mention DSDI for a discount. Lodging is limited.

For questions, ask Lucy Tonacci, tonacci@comcast.net

FAMILY MINI-CAMP

Saturday morning

April 21, 2018

Like past “Grandparent Summer Camps” at Stratford Hall, DSDI is considering a separate family mini-camp Saturday morning, April 21, 2018. Families might sign up for fun-filled, educational activities for family-bonding experiences re-living 18th-century life on a Virginia plantation. With your enthusiasm, it is possible to: 

  • Card and spin wool
  • Make and lay bricks
  • March with the Militia
  • Make candles and take home
  • Dig as an archaeologist 

Tell us what you think! Lucy at tonacci@comcast.net

 

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