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Posted: 02/05/2014

Stratford Hall

Stratford Hall is located in Westmoreland County, Virginia on the beautiful Northern Neck of Virginia. Westmoreland County is a 45 minute drive from Fredericksburg, two hours from Washington DC and 90 minutes from Richmond. Stratford is set on 1,900 acres with 2.5 miles of Potomac River waterfront. The National Historic Landmark Stratford Hall Great House and related buildings were constructed in 1738 and are among a handful of exceptionally intact survivals from colonial Virginia. In addition to the Great House, Stratford also features an operating reconstructed 18th century gristmill and extensive gardens. Stratford was the home of the Lee family, which includes two signers of the Declaration of Independence. It was also the home of “Light Horse” Harry Lee and birthplace of Robert E. Lee. The landscape is primarily hardwood forests and pastures but also includes two gardens and extensive maintained grounds. Stratford also has a Dining Room which offers lunch daily, two guest houses and over 30 rustic cabins that were built to house Stratford’s board members during the twice annual meetings.

Building Preservation/Restoration Intern
Internship Opportunity
Stratford, VA


The Preservation Department of Stratford Hall is seeking a qualified summer intern to participate in its Preservation Field School.  Field School participants will assist in the day to day operations of the Preservation Department and will report to the Director of Preservation.  Specifically, participants will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with a variety of preservation projects, centered on the execution of a Cyclical Maintenance plan.  Tasks could include plaster repair, repointing, painting and window and door repair.  There could also be the opportunity to work on the current Dining Room restoration project.


Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Hands-on historical restoration/preservation training and/or experience.  This training or experience would ideally include the following areas: masonry, painting, carpentry and plaster.
  • Knowledge of 18th Century building materials and techniques. 
  • Desire to work professionally in a museum setting.
  • Ability to work as a team or independently.
  • Working towards or completed a degree in the Historic Preservation Field.

Compensation and Amenities:

At this time funds are not available to provide a stipend.  The possibility of funding does exist that would allow for a stipend of $1000.  However, free on-site housing with kitchen and laundry facilities will be provided regardless.  The grounds of Stratford Hall and surrounding areas provide many outdoor activities that can be utilized during the internship.


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How to apply
How to Apply: Interested applicants should send a personal letter of no more than 500 words, stating reasons for wanting to be an intern at Stratford Hall including their goals for the internship and dates available for work. A resume and list of two references should also be included. Applications should be received by March 19th and mailed to: Stratford Hall Director of Preservation 483 Great House Road Stratford, VA 22558 Or emailed with Preservation Field School Intern in the subject line to: pmark@stratfordhall.org All questions can be directed to Phil Mark, Director of Preservation, at (804) 493-1975 or pmark@stratfordhall.org.
Phil Mark
Phone: (804) 493-1975
483 Great House Rd
Stratford, VA 22558

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