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 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.  There are many hotels and Bed and Breakfasts within 30 miles of the plantation.  For suggestions or questions, ask Lucy Tonacci, tonacci@comcast.net



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