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Stratford Hall Plantation


Stratford Hall Plantation encompasses 1,700 of its original acres. Its magnificent setting atop a high bluff above the Potomac River and varied landscape with more than three miles of scenic nature trails, all lined with wildflowers, provide countless viewing opportunities for the wildlife enthusiast. Visitors will encounter six nature trails (trail descriptions are available on the Stratford Hall website) of various hiking difficulty, ranging from leisurely strolling opportunities to endurance training. Common bird species to look for include great blue heron and green-backed heron, ruddy duck, turkey vulture, osprey, bald eagle, red-tailed hawk, spotted sandpiper, mourning dove, and northern mockingbird.

In addition to the wildlife viewing, the plantation represents a piece of history as the birthplace of Robert E. Lee and home to four generations of the Lee family, including the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee. The plantation was bought in 1929 by the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association and has been restored and operated by that entity ever since; it is still managed as a farm today.


Physical Address: 483 Great House Road, Montross, VA 22520.

From US 360 E/Queen St in Tappahannock, continue 4 miles and turn left (north) onto SR 624/Newland Rd. After 12.8 miles, turn right (east) onto SR 623/Finch’s Hill Rd and follow for 1.9 miles. Then, turn left (north) onto  SR 3 W/Kings Hwy. In 2.6 miles, turn right (east) onto SR 214/Stratford Hall Rd and continue for 1.2 miles until the entrance road, Great House Rd, appears to the left just past Shiloh Baptist Church.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: (804) 493-8038
  • Website
  • Access: Fee, Daily, 9:30am - 4:00pm

Birds Recently Seen at Stratford Hall Plantation (as reported to eBird)

  • Northern Flicker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Tree Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Osprey
  • Bald Eagle

Seasonal Bird Observations


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  • Parking
  • Phone
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