Stratford Hall

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Stratford Hall Plantation was the home of the Lee family, including two Declaration of Independence signers, and it was Robert E. Lee’s birthplace. It is said to be haunted by Elizabeth McCarty Storke, rumored to have had an affair with Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee’s step-brother, when she was only 14. Elizabeth’s voice is said to have been heard by a medium saying “I didn’t do it!” Another ghost here is believed to be Madeleine, who had been in charge of taking care of children in the nursery. And in the wine cellar, ghosts of slaves are said to reside, hiding from a murder that once happened there. The ghosts told the medium the body was buried under the stairs.

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483 Great House Rd
Stratford, VA 22558
United States

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38.1519269, -76.839449
Westmoreland County, Virginia
Nearest Towns:
Montross, VA (4.0 mi.)
Cobb Island, MD (7.4 mi.)
Rock Point, MD (8.3 mi.)
Colonial Beach, VA (9.8 mi.)
Warsaw, VA (14.1 mi.)
Leonardtown, MD (14.7 mi.)
Tappahannock, VA (15.7 mi.)
Tall Timbers, MD (16.0 mi.)
Dahlgren, VA (16.9 mi.)
Piney Point, MD (18.1 mi.)

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  1. We lived at Stratford Hall Plantation about 15 years ago. My son say a little boy that he thought was in a costume (period costume), pulling a wagon on the lawn in the evening, when the gates were closed and there were no guests on the premises. Also, there were stories of little children heard laughing and playing in an office building there in the middle of the night. There were lots of ghost stories about the place, and it is a spooky place.

  2. I was about 14-16 years old— ending house tour and I heard what sounded like little children laughing and playing and running up/down the stairs… I wasn’t the only one to hear it — my brother did as well… Up stairs was blocked off– probably one of the only times in my life where I experienced something paranormal ( there’s been a couple others, but this is the main one )

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