Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail
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Site CNN08: Stratford Hall Plantation
Stratford Hall Plantation is 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. Stratford's magnificent setting atop a high bluff above the Potomac River and its bold architectural style distinguish it from most traditional colonial houses. Encompassing a total of 1,700 of its original acres, the plantation is still managed as a farm today. The varied landscape and more than three miles of scenic nature trails lined with wildflowers provide countless viewing opportunities for the wildlife enthusiast. 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.
Leaving Westmoreland State Park, return to the intersection of Rt. 3 and Rt. 347 and turn left on Rt. 3 East. Go 0.7 miles and turn left on Rt.214/Stratford Hall Road. Go approximately 1.0 mile to the entrance of Stratford Hall Plantation. Fee: $8