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Signage System

Interpretive Wayside

Stratford Hall

Stratford, Virginia

Stratford Hall was home to four generations of a great American family, the Lees of Virginia. Built in the late 1730's by Thomas Lee, a member of the house of Burgesses and president of the Council, it was home to his six sons and two daughters. His third and fourth sons, Richard Henry and Francis Lightfoot, were the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. Stratford was the birthplace of Robert Edward Lee, Commander in Chief, Confederate Forces and later, president of Washington College, known today as Washington and Lee University. Stratford Hall is a National Historic Landmark. For more information, visit www.stratfordhall.org.

Over an eight year period starting in 1998, 1717 Design was commissioned to develop an exhibit and signage master plan; plan and design the interpretive galleries and reception area in the 4,500 SF Stratford Hall Visitor Center; design and produce a new graphic identity, stationary package, visitor guide, site map, and gift shop brochure; and design three changing exhibits.

In 2009, 1717 was asked to develop eight wayside exhibits (funded by the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network) to interpret themes on the property ranging from the ongoing archaeological digs to the early forest at Stratford.